In an online statement after he conceded his Arizona Senate race, Republican candidate Blake Masters wrote that he was outspent in the state by $40 million, according to The Gateway Pundit. Arizona was once a dependable red state, the outlet reported, until 2020 paved the way for mail-in voting, ballot harvesting, and faulty machines.
“Republicans are the underdogs now,” Masters wrote, calling out the “national Democrat machine, the media, the universities, Big Tech, and woke corporations.”
Masters added that Republicans needed to fight like underdogs and reach the majority of people in this country who believe we are headed in the wrong direction.
During an interview with Tucker Carlson after the midterm elections, Masters used the platform to lambast McConnell for spending millions of dollars to attack another Republican in Alaska over spending millions to help him in his Senate race against Democrat Mark Kelly.
If McConnell did that, Masters says, then Republicans would be celebrating a GOP majority. But because he didn’t, he suggested that McConnell should not be voted as majority or minority leader.
The Republican Senate Leadership Fund had brought in $250 million this midterm cycle and had $40 million remaining in its coffers at the end of the cycle, according to Open Secrets, an organization that tracks election funding.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz also accused Mitch McConnell of abandoning Blake Masters in the Arizona Senate. He reportedly said that the minority leader put his personal interests above the interests of the party.
During an episode of his podcast, “Verdict with Cruz,” the senator lamented the opportunity Republicans had to bring about a landslide election where they control a 30 to 50 seat majority in the House and have at least 53 senators.
“We had a generational opportunity,” he said.
Republicans experienced crushing defeats in key races in states like Nevada, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, with the GOP largely placing the blame on former president Trump who announced his 2024 candidacy last week.