The Associated Press called the Georgia Senate runoff for Democrat Raphael Warnock, and as Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler trails Democrat Jon Ossoff, some Republican lawmakers faulted President Donald Trump’s rhetoric for the results of the races.
The second-ranking Senate Republican, John Thune of South Dakota, told reporters Trump’s rhetoric was “not helpful.”
The “mixed messages” about the November presidential election being rigged while encouraging voters to come out for the Senate runoffs meant “you had a lot of voters who were confused about whether or not their vote was going to matter,” Thune said.
“It turns out that telling the voters that the election is rigged is not a great way to turn out your voters,” said Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.
Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said he didn’t think Trump’s rhetoric was “very helpful,” noting how turnout for Perdue seemed lower than it had been in November, when Perdue had outperformed the president in some areas.