Commonwealth Policy Center

Republicans fared poorly during the midterm elections. They barely won the U.S. House of Representatives, lost the U.S. Senate, and several key governor’s races. Some are now charging that it was due to election fraud. However, there’s no evidence of this. Republicans lost the mid-terms because there were too many mediocre candidates who chose to relitigate the 2020 election results. Too many depended on inflation and high negatives of Pres. Biden to win their election. But that clearly wasn’t enough. They failed to build bridges and cast a vision for the future. If Republicans hope to do better in 2024, they must avoid divisive and negative candidates who specialize in conspiracy theories. A good candidate will be winsome, principled, and build coalitions in order to win office. And the GOP has two years to figure this out.