Trump touts ‘enormous’ wins for backed candidates and says ‘why would anything change’ on 2024 announcement

EXCLUSIVE: Former President Donald Trump says he celebrates the victories of the more than 200 “great” Republican candidates he endorsed who clinched victory in their midterm elections and told Fox News Digital on Wednesday he was “proud” of them and claim his plans to make a “big” announcement next week haven’t changed due to the “huge success” he’s had.

At this point, 216 Trump-backed GOP candidates won their races Tuesday night, 19 lost to the Democratic candidate.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on August 6, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on August 6, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.
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“There’s fake news that I was angry — it’s quite the opposite,” Trump told Fox News Digital, responding to reports that suggested he was unhappy with the election results of his backed candidates. “The people I supported did very well. I beat 98.6% in the primary and 216 to 19 in the general election – that’s amazing.”

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He added: “All these guys who win are my people.”

Senator Marco Rubio speaks during a campaign event at the Renaissance Ballrooms in Miami, Florida on October 19, 2022.

Senator Marco Rubio speaks during a campaign event at the Renaissance Ballrooms in Miami, Florida on October 19, 2022.
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Trump touted the victories of Sen. Chuck Grassley in Iowa, Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida, Eric Schmitt in Missouri, JD Vance in Ohio, Ted Budd in North Carolina, Ron Johnson in Wisconsin and others.

US Senate nominee Ted Budd takes the stage with former President Donald Trump during a rally at The Farm at 95 in Selma, North Carolina on April 9, 2022.

US Senate nominee Ted Budd takes the stage with former President Donald Trump during a rally at The Farm at 95 in Selma, North Carolina on April 9, 2022.
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“I really think we had great candidates who did very well,” Trump said. “Marco did very well – I held a rally for him on Sunday.”

“JD Vance did very well,” Trump said. “Johnson won.”

Former President Donald Trump and Republican Senate candidate JD Vance greet supporters during a rally at Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio.

Former President Donald Trump and Republican Senate candidate JD Vance greet supporters during a rally at Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio.
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Trump told Fox News Digital he was “very proud” of all the candidates, but noted that “they always do better when I’m on the ticket.”

Trump pointed to the hard-fought Pennsylvania Senate race between Democratic Senator-elect John Fetterman and Republican nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz whom he had supported.

“Oz worked very hard but there were forces against him,” Trump said. “Oz is a great guy. He had many immobile forces against him.”

Trump-backed Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano was also defeated by his Democratic opponent, and in Michigan Trump-backed Republican Tudor Dixon was repelled in her bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, accompanied by former President Donald Trump, speaks at a campaign event in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on May 6, 2022.

Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, accompanied by former President Donald Trump, speaks at a campaign event in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on May 6, 2022.
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TRUMP SAYS REPUBLICANS HAVE ‘GOOD CHANCES OF GREAT SUCCESS’ ON ELECTION DAY.

There are currently three Senate seats up for grabs: in Nevada, where Trump endorsed Adam Laxalt, just behind incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto; in Arizona, where Trump-backed Blake Masters is trailing incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly but additional results are expected due to “voting errors”; and in Georgia, where Trump-backed Herschel Walker is heading for a runoff against incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock.

“Herschel is a great guy,” Trump said, promoting Walker’s campaign and candidacy. “He’s in a runoff with a US Senator.”

When asked if he would get involved or make sure his MAGA Inc. spent money in the Georgia runoff in support of Walker, Trump said, “We have a lot of money.”

“Herschel is a great guy,” he repeated. “I will always help Herschel.”

Former President Donald Trump listens as Senate nominee Herschel Walker speaks during a Save America rally September 25, 2021 in Perry, Georgia.

Former President Donald Trump listens as Senate nominee Herschel Walker speaks during a Save America rally September 25, 2021 in Perry, Georgia.
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TRUMP SAYS HE WILL MAKE A “BIG ANNOUNCEMENT” ON NOVEMBER 11. fifteen

On Monday night, the eve of Election Day, Trump teased that he would make a “big” announcement from Mar-a-Lago on Nov. 15 – signaling that he could officially announce his plans to run for president in 2024 .

Former President Donald Trump addresses supporters at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on September 3, 2022.

Former President Donald Trump addresses supporters at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on September 3, 2022.
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Pundits have questioned whether Tuesday’s Republican election results would change Trump’s plans to launch a third White House bid.

“We’ve had tremendous success,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “Why should anything change?”

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