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Did GOP optimism outrun reality?


There were some bright spots for Republicans. The brightest was Florida, in which Sen.

Marco Rubio easily won reelection, as did GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis. But overall, the reality of the 2022 midterm elections fell short of the optimistic scenarios Republicans had increasingly come to embrace. Their optimism leaked into the general conversation about the elections, as well, even though many polls showed several contests as too close to call.

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