As Democrats celebrated sweeping victories in state and local races across the United States Tuesday, at least one Republican was immediately ready to evaluate what went wrong for the party on Election Day, a year after the GOP captured the White House and maintained control of both houses of Congress.
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President Donald Trump, in the midst of a 13-day trip to Asia, was quick to weigh in Tuesday on Republican Ed Gillespie's defeat in the Virginia gubernatorial race as news organizations began to make projections that the race would go to Democrat Ralph Northam.
"Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for," Trump tweeted Tuesday night.
The president claimed a string of successes in special elections throughout the year, but has also been quiet in races in which it appeared that his influence could hurt the Republican candidate or Democrats were on a clear path to victory.
Here's a look at how Trump has weighed in on major races throughout 2017:
In Virginia, Trump gave his full-throated support to Gillespie via Twitter, but spent no time on the campaign trail with the former Republican National Committee chairman to stump in-person. The president seemed to cite that in his tweet Tuesday in which he said Gillespie hadn’t "embraced" him
While Trump never campaigned for Gillespie, Vice President Mike Pence appeared on the candidate's behalf in October
Ralph Northam,who is running for Governor of Virginia,is fighting for the violent MS-13 killer gangs & sanctuary cities. Vote Ed Gillespie!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2017
The Democrats in the Southwest part of Virginia have been abandoned by their Party. Republican Ed Gillespie will never let you down!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2017
Ed Gillespie will be a great Governor of Virginia. His opponent doesn't even show up to meetings/work, and will be VERY weak on crime!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2017
The state of Virginia economy, under Democrat rule, has been terrible. If you vote Ed Gillespie tomorrow, it will come roaring back!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2017
Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
New Jersey governor
Trump was publicly silent on the race, long viewed as Democrat Phil Murphy's to lose. The dismal approval ratings of Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump ally, made the election a difficult one for Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Murphy won Tuesday by a 13-percentage point margin with 99 percent of the state's precincts reporting.
Utah's 3rd Congressional District
Pushback against Trump in Utah in 2016 may have contributed to the president's decision not to weigh in on the race won Tuesday by Republican Provo Mayor John Curtis. Though Trump won a plurality of the vote in the state last year, he fell more than 25 percentage points below the total received by Republican candidate Mitt Romney in 2013.
Alabama Senate primary
The president backed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange from the start, after then-Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Strange to fill Jeff Sessions' seat when Sessions accepted the position of U.S. attorney general. When Strange finished in second in the first round of voting, but forced a runoff, Trump traveled to Alabama to campaign in person, but hedged that he would be willing to support challenger Roy Moore if Strange were unsuccessful.
"I might have made a mistake, I’ll be honest," Trump said at a September event for Strange.
He further made a prediction about the media's reaction to a possible Strange loss.
"If Luther doesn't win, they're not going to say we picked up 25 points in a very short period of time. They're going to say, 'Donald Trump, the president of the United States, was unable to pull his candidate across the line. It is a terrible, terrible moment for Trump. This is total embarrassment.'"
Moore ultimately defeated strange 54.6-45.4 percent and Trump focused his response on the progress Strange made because of his influence.
Senator Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017
Big day in Alabama. Vote for Luther Strange, he will be great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2017
Congratulation to Roy Moore and Luther Strange for being the final two and heading into a September runoff in Alabama. Exciting race!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2017
Looking forward to Friday night in the Great State of Alabama. I am supporting "Big" Luther Strange because he was so loyal & helpful to me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
Alabama is sooo lucky to have a candidate like "Big" Luther Strange. Smart, tough on crime, borders & trade, loves Vets & Military. Tuesday!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
Senator Luther Strange has gone up a lot in the polls since I endorsed him a month ago. Now a close runoff. He will be great in D.C.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2017
Congratulations to Roy Moore on his Republican Primary win in Alabama. Luther Strange started way back & ran a good race. Roy, WIN in Dec!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
In analyzing the Alabama Primary race,FAKE NEWS always fails to mention that the candidate I endorsed went up MANY points after endorsement!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
Georgia's 6th Congressional District
In April, Republicans feared losing the suburban Atlanta district formerly held by then-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, but GOP candidate Karen Handel managed to force a runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff, the first-place finisher in the original round of voting.
At first, with 11 Republicans in the field, Trump avoided endorsing a particular candidate and admitted that the party was playing for a runoff. After Handel advanced, he engaged in an all-out onslaught against Ossoff and visited Georgia for a Handel fundraiser.
Ossoff managed to cut into the typical Republican margin of victory in the district, but Handel won the seat 51.9-48.1 percent.
With eleven Republican candidates running in Georgia (on Tuesday) for Congress, a runoff will be a win. Vote "R" for lower taxes & safety!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2017
Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2017
Dems failed in Kansas and are now failing in Georgia. Great job Karen Handel! It is now Hollywood vs. Georgia on June 20th.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2017
Karen Handel's opponent in #GA06 can't even vote in the district he wants to represent....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2017
KAREN HANDEL FOR CONGRESS. She will fight for lower taxes, great healthcare strong security-a hard worker who will never give up! VOTE TODAY— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2017
South Carolina's 5th Congressional District
With Republican Ralph Norman the strong favorite to replace Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina, Trump tweeted only once to encourage 5th district residents to vote. Democrat Archie Parnell performed better than expected, but Norman won the seat 51.1-47.9 percent.
....getting great border security and healthcare. #VoteRalphNorman tomorrow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2017
California's 34th Congressional District
Trump stayed away from the race to replace California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in the Los Angeles district that has elected Democrats since 1983. The top Republican, William Morrison, finished in eighth place with less than 4 percent in the first round of voting. Two Democrats moved on to a runoff where Jimmy Gomez was elected to the seat.
Montana's at-large congressional district
In Montana, where the GOP held the state's single congressional seat for the past two decades, Trump had little to say until after the election. Many campaign observers believed that Democrat Rob Quist stood a decent chance of flipping the seat formerly held by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, particularly after Republican Greg Gianforte was charged with assaulting a reporter the day before the election.
While Quist was able to improve upon Democrats' performance the preceding November, Gianforte won the state by slightly more than 6 percentage points. Trump's tweet after the election did not name Gianforte -- who would later plead guilty to the assault charge -- but rather attacked the media for its coverage of the race.
Does anyone notice how the Montana Congressional race was such a big deal to Dems & Fake News until the Republican won? V was poorly covered— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017
Kansas' 4th Congressional District
Republican Ron Estes won the race in Kansas' deep-red 4th Congressional District in April. He received one tweet from Trump on the day of voting, with the president calling the candidate a "wonderful guy." Democrat James Thompson came closer to winning than any Democrat in over 15 years, but still lost by over 6 percentage points.
Ron Estes is running TODAY for Congress in the Great State of Kansas. A wonderful guy, I need his help on Healthcare & Tax Cuts (Reform).— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2017