Republican supporters in Iowa: The big red wave did not materialize.
American polls in the midterms predicted a big victory for the Republicans. It is true that the party is likely to actually take a majority in the Chamber of Deputies and possibly the Senate. But: The expected red wave, which was supposed to sweep the blue Democrats to the wall, did not materialize. But why?
Experts agree: Donald Trump (76) is to blame for the absence of a red wave!
“Tonight’s results can be traced directly to Donald Trump,” a Republican strategist, who did not want to be identified, told The Independent. “If he hadn’t supported extremely flawed candidates in the primaries, we would have had a fantastic evening tonight. Instead, we lose very winnable races.”
Trump is gaining competition
For Claudia Brühwiler (40), an expert in the USA from the University of St. Gallen, the result is a sign that Trumpism is no longer a recipe for success among Republicans. This is shown, for example, by the successful re-election of Ron DeSantis (44) as the governor of Florida, who is also called “Trump with a brain”.
DeSantis has openly distanced himself from Trump and is running as a presidential candidate for 2024. Much to the chagrin of Donald Trump. He has already threatened DeSantis with unflattering exposure if he starts in two years.
According to Claudia Brühwiler, the only moderately good result is due to the poor quality of the Republican candidates. Brühwiler on Blick: “There were some very polarizing numbers, especially for the Senate candidates.”
Are the Republicans changing course?
Vinz Koller (59), who comes from Schaffhausen and immigrated to California, sees the result as Trump’s defeat. “His idea of an electoral lie no longer seems to appeal to voters who tip the scales in critical constituencies in the middle,” the expat tells Blick.
Koller, a three-time Electoral College Democrat who is in his current midterm as mail campaign manager in charge of print campaign advertising in Monterey County, sees Trump’s previously tough front collapsing.
Koller believes Republicans will now change course and gradually break away from Trump. And he is convinced: “The absence of the expected red wave is another nail in the coffin for Trump.”
The 2024 election campaign begins
After the midterms, preparations for the presidential elections in two years will soon begin. Trump said he would make a “big announcement” on November 15. Will he announce his renewed candidacy?
“If Trump runs again, Biden will not develop another candidate within the Democrats, because he himself has the best chance against Trump,” says Claudia Brühwiler. “If only the Republicans put another candidate in the fight, the Democrats could shuffle their cards.”