WASHINGTON, D.C.—Lawmakers are back on Capitol Hill after the 2022 midterm elections, and Republicans, like Democrats, are not excited about the election results, but they are not completely disappointed by them either. Florida Rep. Byron Donalds on Monday evening was asked about his thoughts on the overall Republican efforts and results on election night.
While the final results aren’t all completely in, Rep. Donalds appeared a bit somber in his response to the question, saying that he believed the results were “ok” and “not what we expected.”
“I think that there were a lot of voters, for whatever the reasons, they were not linked in on what we were doing. I think that is not having an actual position as a conference on Dobbs actually was a problem for that. It was an election driver,” said Rep. Donalds.
While the top issues this election cycle were inflation, crime, and illegal immigration, abortion played a key role for Democrats across the country and appears to may have made just enough of a difference on election night.
Donald believes that he and his Republican colleagues in Congress should have had a plan in place to counter the Democrat’s abortion message.
“We should have sat down and had that conversation as members, to say, ‘hey, here is where we think we should be, let’s have that debate as members and figure out a position on it,” added Donalds. “You have to have a response for what is a very personal decision for a lot of women in this country. It is highly personal, and you have to have a response from a legislative capacity, and I think we missed the mark on that.”
Donalds' assessment that Republicans “missed the mark” on abortion is valid. During the 2022 cycle, just about every Republican consultant, pundit, and elected official was saying that the focus should be solely on the economy and crime, and not address the toxic abortion issue.
Republicans appeared to be on good election footing earlier in the year, but the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade change the landscape of the 2022 midterm elections.
The decision helped Democrats mitigate the damage Republicans were expected to do at the ballot box.