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John E. Sununu: Donald Trump is a loser

January 22, 2024
| New Hampshire Union Leader by John E. Sununu

DONALD TRUMP likes to portray himself as a winner. After his 51% victory in Iowa last week, he’s making this claim to anyone who will listen.

But Donald Trump has a record that stretches back 6 years, not just one week. Over and over, he’s been directly responsible for loss after painful loss.

In 2018, when Donald Trump said we’d get a “red wave” in Congress, we got wiped out. Democrats won the nationwide popular vote by nine points and gained a whopping 41 seats. On the Senate side, Democrats lost only two seats, despite facing one of the most unfavorable Senate maps in years. And in statehouses across America, Democrats gained a net seven governorships. There was a wave, alright – a blue one that crashed into Donald Trump.


Then there’s 2020. It was supposed to be the great GOP comeback after months of COVID shutdowns and skyrocketing crime in liberal cities. But with Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, Republicans got shellacked. Again.

Democrats won the White House and the popular vote by five points. They took control of the Senate after Republicans lost BOTH Senate seats in what was once reliably red Georgia. As for the House, we gained a handful of seats, but not enough to regain the majority. We lost winnable races in state after state, even as candidates ran ahead of the president.

Fast forward to 2022. With Biden in power and the economy in the toilet, Donald Trump once again predicted a red wave. He wasn’t in office, but he was still the head of the party. He got involved in primary elections and anointed his preferred candidates in House, Senate, and gubernatorial races.

What happened? Democrats bulldozed Republicans once again, gaining a Senate seat and defeating Republican candidates in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and New Hampshire — all seats that should have been winnable. In the House, Republicans managed to claw back the majority by the thinnest of margins. It wasn’t Trump-backed candidates who got us there. It was regular Republicans in the suburbs.

Now we’re looking at 2024. Like the last three elections, Donald Trump is predicting a win — a win that will carry him back to the White House and sweep Republicans into strong majorities in the House and Senate. But the last three elections all but prove that’s impossible. If he’s our nominee, we’re going to lose, and we’re going to lose bad. Even against Joe Biden, the most beatable candidate in decades.

I’m willing to give Trump some credit. He picked up rural voters and helped turn Ohio into a solid red state. He played a part in making Florida solidly red, too. But at what cost? He’s chased away millions of Republican voters in the suburbs and lost far more states than he’s gained. Arizona. Georgia. Colorado. The Rust Belt.

He has no chance of gaining them back — not in 2024, and not ever. Donald Trump speaks with all the bravado and braggadocio of a winner, but his record is littered with losses all across America.

Can any Republican win those states back? How about the suburbs, while keeping rural voters in the GOP?

New Hampshire shows the way forward, as it often does. We’re a swing state with a strong libertarian streak.

Gov. Sununu has endorsed Nikki Haley, because she’s just like him. She’s a true conservative that can listen to others, take action, and get things done. That’s why she trounces Joe Biden by double digits. A win that big would carry Republicans into office from the U.S. Senate to statehouses to school boards. In New Hampshire, a Nikki Haley victory in November could give us Republican representation in Congress, which we haven’t had in a decade.

Nikki Haley has never lost an election. She’s a conservative voice that will take Republicans to victory in November.

As a lifelong Republican, I am tired of losing.

Aren’t you?

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