Ainsley Earhardt, co-host of Fox & Friends, was perplexed Wednesday morning when the GOP failed to produce the anticipated “red wave.”
Several high-profile contests that Republicans hoped to win have either been lost or are still to be called. Republicans lost the gubernatorial and senate races in Pennsylvania, but the races in Arizona, where former President Donald Trump endorsed Blake Masters for senator and Kari Lake for gov., has yet to be called.
In Georgia, incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp was re-elected for the second time against Stacey Abrams. Georgia’s senate election, between incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker, has yet to be determined, with Warnock receiving 49.4% of the vote to Walker’s 48.5%.
Kemp appeared on the program and stated that Republicans did well in Georgia because they decided to focus on “Joe Biden’s 40-year high inflation, catastrophic domestic energy strategy that has resulted in high gas prices,” as well as the border situation.
“Those issued did succeed for you in Georgia, but they did not prevail for folks throughout the country where we were expecting a bigger red wave than we saw,” Earhardt said. “I’m not sure if it was because the surveys were wrong, and we felt that since when we asked people ‘what is your biggest issue,’ everyone mentioned inflation, in Atlanta they said crime, and in New York City they said crime. Was this more about politics than anything else? Did all of those problems take a back seat?”
Kemp said he does not really think the concerns took a back seat, but he had not even had enough time to look at other campaigns throughout the country.
Democrats focused largely on abortion and democracy, while Republicans concentrated on inflation and the economy. According to polls, Americans are more likely to vote for Republicans, with a new Morning Consult/Politico survey revealing that 93% of voters are concerned about inflation, and three out of every four Democrats saying the economy will play a role in their voting choice. According to the poll, 46% of people trusted the Republicans in Congress to address inflation, while 37% trusted the Democrats.
Democrats were disillusioned by the part abortion would take in the midterms, according to CNN’s Chris Wallace, who said Democrats didn’t address people’s concerns.