Are Republicans falling out of love with Trump?

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The 2022 midterm results are coming into sharper focus, and the picture emerging is not of a Republican blowout, but of Democrats largely holding the line in a series of crucial races. Republicans look likely to gain a razor-thin House majority for the coming term, but conservative gains notwithstanding, Democrats' ahistorically strong midterm showing is both a testament to their slate of candidates, and a repudiation of those put forward by the GOP.

Many Republican candidates hand-picked by former President Donald Trump during the GOP primary season failed to win over voters. But these losses were conspicuously offset by a decisive sweep for conservative candidates in Florida, where potential 2024 presidential candidate Gov. Ron DeSantis set the stage for what appears to be a significant political realignment rightward. That Trump spent the days before polls closed attacking DeSantis only heightens a growing sense within some corners of the GOP that the former president's grip on the party has started to slacken. Will conservatives looking ahead to 2024 start backing away from Trump, or can the progenitor of the MAGA movement maintain his singular influence over the GOP ahead of a widely expected run for a second term in office?

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Rafi Schwartz, The Week US

Rafi Schwartz has worked as a politics writer at The Week since 2022, where he covers elections, Congress and the White House. He was previously a contributing writer with Mic focusing largely on politics, a senior writer with Splinter News, a staff writer for Fusion's news lab, and the managing editor of Heeb Magazine, a Jewish life and culture publication. Rafi's work has appeared in Rolling Stone, GOOD and The Forward, among others.