Biden congratulates Republican Gov. Mike DeWine on his Ohio victory in a surprise phone call
President Biden made a surprise call to Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday, congratulating him on his re-election, Bloomberg reported.
Biden invited the crowd Democrats who won their midterm races as of Tuesday night, but his conversation with DeWine may be the first he’s directed at a Republican. DeWine defeated Democratic challenger Nan Whaley with nearly 63% of the vote.
The call is particularly surprising the support of former President Donald Trump by DeWine.
DeWine is one of several Republican governors who successfully fended off Democratic challengers on Tuesday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp sent Democrats Charlie Crist, Beto O’Rourke and Stacey Abrams.
However, DeSantis and DeWine enjoyed the biggest wins of the night, outscoring their opponents by 20 or more points.
Republicans, however, fared worse in Congress, where expectations of a red wave in the House of Representatives were only slightly met. The Senate is also still throwing after Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz ceded to Democrat John Fetterman in Pennsylvania on Wednesday morning.
Republican hopes for control of the Senate now lie with Herschel Walker in Georgia and Blake Masters in Arizona. Walker’s race against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock appears headed for a runoff, while Masters trails Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly.
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