Top House Republican on Midterm Losses: Trump ‘Wasn’t on the Ballot’

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Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) said that Republicans’ 2022 midterm losses were not because of former President Donald Trump because he “wasn’t on the ballot.”

“Donald Trump remains a very popular figure in the Republican Party in each corner of the country,” Banks, the head of the influential Republican Study Committee, told Fox News Sunday. Banks added that when the 45th president was on the ballot in 2020 and 2016, Republicans “won a lot more seats” than in 2018.

“And [Trump] wasn’t on the ballot in 2022,” Banks remarked. “He had also supported many candidates who won around the country too, but he wasn’t on the ballot.”

Republicans were projected to win big in both the House and Senate before the 2022 midterms. After days of vote-counting in Arizona and Nevada—events that were similar to the aftermath of the 2020 election—races were called for incumbent Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), giving Democrats the majority in the upper chamber. A runoff race is still being planned for Dec. 6 for Georgia’s Senate seat.

When asked about whether he’d support Trump in 2024, Banks demurred. An adviser to Trump, Jason Miller, told news outlets last week that Trump will announce Tuesday that he is running for reelection during an event at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

“I believe that Donald Trump was a very effective president for our country. I believe he could be a very effective present for our country again,” the Indiana Republican told Fox News on Sunday. “I’ll save my endorsement for another place and time for the 2024 race. I’m focused wholly on what happened on Tuesday and how our party moves forward on Capitol Hill.”


In the House, Republican candidates got 6 million more votes than Democrat candidates, although many close races in swing districts broke in favor of Democrats. It’s not clear what party will take control of the House after the midterms.

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