Chris Christie Says Election Results Still 'Good News' for GOP if Trump Loses

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said there is plenty of "good news" for Republican voters in the latest election results, even if President Donald Trump fails to secure a second term in the White House.

Appearing on ABC News on Wednesday night, the Republican touted his party's gains in the House of Representatives and strong hopes of holding onto its Senate majority as evidence that American voters had not rejected GOP policies.

He also stressed the importance of Republican wins in down-ballot state legislature races as electoral redistricting efforts loomed ahead.

Speaking to ABC News about the state of the presidential election, Christie said: "I can tell you that the attitude at the White House tonight is maniacally focused on Arizona for a political perspective. That's where they think they can break through and create a new conversation over the next couple of days.

Former NJ Governor Chris Christie
Chris Christie listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

"If they don't do it in Arizona, I think they know they've got a real problem and they're really, really swimming upstream. But that's the focus right now."

He added that there was "a lot of good news" for the GOP faithful across the country after the party added to its tally in the House of Representatives and looked set to hold its majority in the Senate by Wednesday evening.

"You're adding Republicans to the House of Representatives, the Republicans are keeping the Senate, we added a governorship last night... and we flipped state Houses at a time when redistricting is going to come," Christie said. "Those are all good things for the Republican Party moving forward. Whatever happens with the president... there's a lot of good news for the Republican Party across the country."

He later added that the results would not be a "rejection of Republican policies" if the party turned out to win "everywhere else, except at the top of the ticket."

The former Republican governor celebrated GOP victories in key down-ballot races on election night as the party was poised to hold its all-important Senate majority with counts coming to a close in three crucial contests.

Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina held a 1-point lead over his Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham in the early hours of Thursday morning, with 94 percent of the estimated vote counted and the race too close to call.

In the nearby state of Georgia, the GOP incumbent Senator David Perdue leads Jon Ossoff by roughly 2.5 percentage points and more than 120,000 votes with a similar 95 percent of the vote counted in the state.

Georgia's special election had also been whittled down to its runoff stage, with Senator Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock reaching the final stretch of the race for the state's second Senate seat.

If the Republican incumbents hold on to all three Senate seats, and the Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan continues to dominate his contest against Democratic candidate Al Gross, the GOP's 53-47 majority in the upper chamber will have only fell to 52-48.