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56% of Trump-endorsed candidates won their elections so far

By Daniel Wolfe & Heather Timmons

Update Nov. 14 (10:30AM PT): We’ve updated the races and statistics to reflect new results. Rob DeSantis’ is no longer the winner of the race for Florida governor (that election is now under recount) and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has won the Arizona Senate race. 

US president Donald Trump’s endorsements—from Twitter posts to campaign stops—appear to have helped in mobilizing his base, as the White House hoped. As many as 52 of the 93 candidates Trump endorsed won in the Senate, House, gubernatorial, and other elected offices. Six races are still undecided. If those are settled for Republicans, the president’s winning percentage could be as high as 62%.

Trump took to social media early Nov. 7 for his first laudatory remarks to candidate Ron DeSantis, but that celebration may have been preemptive.

Trump visited DeSantis twice during the tight race for Florida’s next governor, and during his victory speech, DeSantis thanked the president for his support. Results showed DeSantis beating Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum by just 80,000 votes (or about 1 percentage point) when the mayor conceded.

Since his remarks, DeSantis’ victory is in question, as Florida recounts their votes, a move that’s drawn the ire of the President.

The results for candidates in tight races who sought the “embrace” of Trump, as the president put it during a press conference on Nov. 7, are mixed. Exactly half of the Republicans who got the president’s endorsement in 2018 races that the Cook Political report had rated as “toss-ups” actually won, making Trump’s win percentage 50% so far:

During the press conference, Trump talked up his influence on the midterm winners and eschewed any responsibility for Republicans losing control of the House. “We saw the candidates that I supported achieve great success last night,” he said, adding that his “vigorous campaigning stopped the blue wave that they talked about.

“For the most part I didn’t campaign for the House,” Trump said, before gleefully listing the GOP House members who lost after refusing to embrace Trumpism, or who didn’t ask him to campaign with them. “Mia Love gave me no love,” Trump said, referring to the Utah Republican. “Too bad, Mia!”

Here’s the full list of Trump’s endorsements and their outcomes:

Office Candidate Constituency Result
House Dana Rohrabacher California Lost
House Diane Harkey California Lost
House Randy Hultgren Illinois Lost
House Rod Blum Iowa Lost
House Kevin Yoder Kansas Lost
House Lena Epstein Michigan Lost
House Dave Hughes Minnesota Lost
House Erik Paulsen Minnesota Lost
House Jason Lewis Minnesota Lost
House Danny Tarkanian Nevada Lost
House Jay Webber New Jersey Lost
House Dan Donovan New York Lost
House John Chrin Pennsylvania Lost
House Keith Rothfus Pennsylvania Lost
House Katie Arrington South Carolina Lost
House Claudia Tenney New York TBD
House Martha Roby Alabama Won
House Devin Nunes California Won
House Kevin McCarthy California Won
House Paul Cook California Won
House Michael Waltz Florida Won
House Matt Gaetz Florida Won
House Neal Dunn Florida Won
House Ted Yoho Florida Won
House Clay Higgins Louisiana Won
House Pete Stauber Minnesota Won
House Tom Emmer Minnesota Won
House Greg Gianforte Montana Won
House Peter King New York Won
House Lee Zeldin New York Won
House Tom Reed New York Won
House Scott Perry Pennsylvania Won
House Lloyd Smucker Pennsylvania Won
House David Kustoff Tennessee Won
House Kevin Brady Texas Won
House Denver Riggleman Virginia Won
House Cathy McMorris Rodgers Washington Won
House Carol Miller West Virginia Won
House Bryan Steil Wisconsin Won
Senate John James Michigan Lost
Senate Karin Housley Minnesota Lost
Senate Jim Renacci Ohio Lost
Senate Lou Barletta Pennsylvania Lost
Senate Patrick Morrisey West Virginia Lost
Senate Leah Vukmir Wisconsin Lost
Senate Evan Jenkins West Virginia Lost (Primary)
Senate Cindy Hyde-Smith Mississippi TBD
Senate Roger Wicker Mississippi Won
Senate Deb Fischer Nebraska Won
Senate Kevin Cramer North Dakota Won
Senate Mitt Romney Utah Won
Senate John Barrasso Wyoming Won
Governor John Cox California Lost
Governor Walker Stapleton Colorado Lost
Governor Bob Stefanowski Connecticut Lost
Governor Kris Kobach Kansas Lost
Governor Bill Schuette Michigan Lost
Governor Jeff Johnson Minnesota Lost
Governor Adam Laxalt Nevada Lost
Governor Foster Friess Wyoming Lost (Primary)
Governor Mike Dunleavy Alaska Won
Governor Doug Ducey Arizona Won
Governor Asa Hutchinson Arkansas Won
Governor Mike DeWine Ohio Won
Governor Kevin Stitt Oklahoma Won
Governor Henry McMaster South Carolina Won
Governor Bill Lee Tennessee Won
Agriculture commissioner Sid Miller Texas Won
Attorney general Ken Paxton Texas Won
Comptroller Glenn Hegar Texas Won
Land commissioner George P. Bush Texas Won
Lieutenant governor Dan Patrick Texas Won
Railroad commissioner Christi Craddick Texas Won