Full List of Trump-Backed Candidates Who Lost Their Elections

An added subplot in this year's midterm elections is whether Donald Trump can prove he is still a powerful influence on GOP voters as hundreds of his endorsed candidates are on the ballots.

The former president has backed more than 300 Republicans across all forms of government in the November 8 elections, including a number of House and Senate candidates who continue to support his false claim that the 2020 election was rigged.

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Trump has frequently pointed to his success in the GOP primaries to prove he has an apparent knack for choosing eventual winners and show that there is still an appetite for his MAGA-brand of politics amid reports he is due to confirm a 2024 run for the presidency in the upcoming days.

However, a significant majority of his primary and midterm picks were incumbents in virtually non-competitive races, meaning they would have almost certainly won their respective elections even without Trump's endorsement.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks during an election night event at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on November 8, 2022. Trump was speaking as the nation awaited the results of voting in the midterm elections. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Where Trump must prove his influence is in a number of key Senate races where he has endorsed previously untested political newcomers, as well as gubernatorial and secretary of state elections where many of his far-right and election-denying candidates are on the ballots.

As of early Wednesday morning, several Trump-endorsed candidates have already been confirmed to have lost their races as the GOP failed to ride a so-called "red wave" and comprehensively beat the Democrats in the House and Senate.

On the eve of the midterm vote, Trump told NewsNation that he should "get all the credit" if his chosen candidates win their elections, but "not be blamed at all" if they lose.

"When they win, I think they're going to do very well, I'll probably be given very little credit, even though in many cases, I tell people to run, they ran and they turned out to be very good candidates," Trump said.

"But usually what would happen is, when they do well, I won't be given any credit. And if they do badly, they will blame everything on me. So I'm prepared for anything, but we'll defend ourselves."

Newsweek will be updating all the Trump-endorsed candidates who have lost outright or projected to lose their elections, with some races expected not to be called for days.

Trump's losing endorsed Senate candidates

  • Mehmet Oz—defeated in Pennsylvania by John Fetterman.
  • Don Bolduc—defeated in New Hampshire by Sen. Maggie Hassan.
  • Leora Levy—defeated in Connecticut by Richard Blumenthal.
  • Gerald Malloy—defeated in Vermont by Peter Welch.

Trump's losing endorsed House of Representatives candidates

  • Bo Hines—defeated in North Carolina's District 13 by Wiley Nickel.
  • Steve Chabot—defeated in Ohio's District 1 by Greg Landsman.
  • Madison Gesiotto Gilbert—defeated in Ohio's District 13 by Emilia Sykes.
  • John Gibbs—defeated in Michigan District 3 by Hillary Scholten.
  • Yesli Vega—defeated in Virginia's District 7 by Abigail Spanberger.
  • Karoline Leavitt—defeated in New Hampshire's District 1 by Rep. Chris Pappas.
  • J.R. Majewski—defeated in Ohio's District 9 by Marcy Kaptur.
  • Sandy Smith—defeated in North Carolina's District 1 by Don Davis.
  • Robert Burns—defeated in New Hampshire's District 2 by Ann McLane Kuster.
  • Sarah Palin—defeated in Alaska's At-Large District 2 by Mary Petlota.
  • Jim Bognet—defeated in Pennsylvania's District 8 by Matt Cartwright.

Trump's losing endorsed gubernatorial candidates

  • Tudor Dixon—lost to Governor Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan.
  • Doug Mastriano—lost to Josh Shapiro in Pennsylvania.
  • Lee Zeldin—lost to Governor Kathy Hochul in New York.
  • Dan Cox—lost to Wes Moore in Maryland.
  • Geoff Diehl—lost to Maura Healey in Massachusetts.
  • Tim Michels—lost to Governor Tony Evers in Wisconsin.
  • Darren Bailey—lost to Governor J.B. Pritzker in Illinois.
  • Scott Jensen—lost in Minnesota to Governor Tim Walz.
  • Mark Ronchetti—lost in New Mexico to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
  • Derek Schmidt—lost in Kansas to Governor Laura Kelly.

Trump's losing state executive endorsements

  • Kim Crockett—defeated in the Minnesota secretary of state election by Steve Simon.
  • Kristina Karamo—defeated in the Michigan secretary of state election by Jocelyn Benson.

Update 11/9/22, 11 a.m. ET: This article has been updated to include more results

Update 11/9/22, 3 p.m. ET: This article has been updated to include more results.