Election officials urge patience as counting goes on in critical House and Senate races

Election officials urge patience as counting goes on in critical House and Senate races

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  • “At the top of the ticket in the gubernatorial race, we had an ultra-MAGA candidate who never appeared to even attempt to expand beyond a hardcore base that was very, very committed to him,” Toomey told CNN’s Erin Burnett, alluding to Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano, who lost by double digits.
  • Toomey argued that the GOP had lost three House seats in the commonwealth that he believed they should have had a good chance of picking up, because of “a real problem at the top of the ticket” in Mastriano, but “also President Trump inserting himself into the race” by coming to Pennsylvania in the final days of the election.
  • “We were at a time when it’s good for Republicans for the race to be about President Biden, who is not popular and whose policies have failed,” the retiring senator said, “and instead President Trump had to insert himself and that changed the nature of the race and that created just too much of an obstacle.
  • He left for a trip to Egypt and Asia Thursday evening prepared to tell allied world leaders worried about the prospects of a return of Trump-style disruption that US democracy had passed its first test since the US Capitol insurrection in 2021.

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