Lindsey Graham says ‘definitely not the Republican wave, that’s for sure’ as Democrats won the competitive race

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  • Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham said Tuesday night that this is “definitely not the Republican wave.”

  • His comments came after the Democrats’ victory in the highly competitive midterm elections.

  • “It’s definitely not a wave, but I think it’s going to be a very good night.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham weighed in on his party’s midterm performance as the election results began to trickle in on Tuesday night, saying, “Definitely not the Republican wave. That’s for sure.” Declared.

In an interview with NBC News, the South Carolina senator gave hope to the Republican Party’s potential, saying, “When the Senate says it’s all done, I think it’s going to be 51, 52.”

Graham’s comments came shortly after incumbent Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. won her re-election It was a fierce race that the Republicans tried to overthrow to retake the Senate against Republican challenger Don Bolduc.

“If you’re that far behind the governor’s candidate, you’ve probably made a mistake,” Graham said of Bolduc, referring to state Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. who won re-election.

Democrats also have the upper hand in other contested races across the country targeted by Republicans. Congressman Abigail Spanberger Retained her seat in Virginia against Jesri Vega, a challenger backed by Governor Glenn Youngkin. Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado He won re-election against Republican political newcomer Joe O’Dea. Ohio Senator Emilia Sykes loses Former Donald Trump campaign staffer Madison Gesiot Gilbert has been rated a “toss up” by pollsters in the state’s 13th congressional district election.

“I think it was the Biden referendum. If we took back the House and won a majority in the Senate, it would be a very good night. The waves would have been like New Hampshire and Colorado,” Graham said.

As of late Tuesday, many elections had yet to be called and control of the House and Senate was not yet known. is difficult. Republicans held a Senate seat in Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman retired as a political outsider, leaving the seat vacant after author J.D. Vance defeated Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan.

“Hats off to the Democrats. They’ve done well in many of these battlefields,” Graham said. “We’ll know better in a few days from now. But at the end of the day, when we have the House and the Senate, we’re going to have to sit down as a country and figure out what to do with it.”

“It’s definitely not a wave, but I think it’s going to be a very good night,” he added.

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