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Trump Warns Senators Cruz, Hawley They May Be in Trouble in 2024: ‘Be Very Careful’

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Former President Donald Trump cautioned two Republican senators that their reelection campaigns next year may be more difficult than they had anticipated.

Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas were forewarned via Truth Social, the platform operated by Trump’s media company, on Sunday.

“So interesting that the Democrats are looking hard at the Senate races in both Missouri and Texas,” Trump wrote in his post.

“Josh and Ted must be very careful, stranger things have happened!!!” he added.

The motivation behind the admonishment issued on Sunday did not become immediately evident; however, Politico noted in July that in 2024, Cruz, Hawley, and Florida’s Rick Scott posed especially alluring targets for the Democrats.

Nevertheless, the Democratic Party’s primary focus in the 2024 senatorial elections will be defending the seats it currently holds, according to that report.

“Hold the incumbents, that’s my main focus,” Michigan’s Sen. Gary Peters, who runs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told Politico at the time.

“We obviously want to pick up as many seats as we possibly can … if there’s an opportunity to win, we’re going to take it,” he added.

Newsweek reported on Sunday that the 2024 Senate election landscape is heavily in favor of the Republicans, as Democrats are in charge of 20 seats while Republicans defend only half that number.

In addition, three independents who generally support the Democrats are running for re-election: Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Angus King of Maine, and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

A quarter of the Democratic representatives in those twenty seats have already declared retirement as opposed to running for re-election.

In January, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow was the first to declare her retirement. She was succeeded in May by Senators Tom Carper of Delaware and Ben Cardin of Maryland.

Governor Gavin Newsome of California appointed Laphonza Butler to the Senate in October to cover the vacancy created by the death of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Butler did not submit a re-election petition.

Most recently, and arguably most significantly, Sen. Joe Manchin, a Republican from West Virginia, declared his retirement from the Senate in November without immediately disclosing his future intentions.

Two incumbent Republicans, Mitt Romney of Utah and Mike Braun of Indiana, have declared their withdrawal from the race for the Republican nomination in 2020. In contrast to Romney’s retirement, Braun is a candidate for governor.

“The 2024 Senate map was always going to be tough for Democrats and Manchin resigning makes it harder,” Democratic pollster Carly Cooperman has previously told Newsweek.

“Texas and Florida are the two opportunities Democrats have for picking up seats next cycle, but both of those races will be tough,” she added.

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