Trump is a ‘real liability’ for Republican candidates, GOP Senate whip says | National


WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s persistent false claims about the 2020 election were an obstacle for GOP candidates and a leading reason the party performed poorly in the midterms, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican said.

“I think his obsession with the 2020 election became an albatross and a real liability for people who were running, especially in swing states,” Senator John Thune told reporters a day after Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock was reelected in a Georgia runoff against Trump-backed Herschel Walker.

Warnock’s win cemented a 51-49 majority next year for Democrats, despite earlier predictions that the GOP would take power in the Senate. Republicans did win control of the House, but will have a much smaller majority than…

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