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

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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:

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

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