Leading Republicans openly acknowledged disappointment at the party’s worse-than-expected election results — with Sen. Lindsey Graham saying it was “definitely not a Republican wave, that’s for darn sure.”

“Hats off to the Democrats — they performed well in a lot of these swing districts,” the South Carolina senator told NBC News late Tuesday as he accepted a series of key losses in races widely expected to turn red.

“It’s not a wave for sure,” he repeated.

Fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was similarly resigned while noting incoming results on a livestream on his YouTube page.

“It hasn’t been as big of a wave as I’d hoped it would be. We’ve had some close races go the other way so far,” the Texas senator conceded.

Sen. Lindsey Graham on NBC News Tuesday night.
Sen. Lindsey Graham told NBC News it was “definitely not a Republican wave, that’s for darn sure.”
NBC News

Still, both men tried to remain optimistic at the prospect of a majority in the House, and potentially a slight head in the Senate, albeit one far tighter than widely predicted.

Graham even suggested that “something good could come” of “a divided government” forced to work together to achieve anything.

Ted Cruz on his livestream Tuesday night.
In a livestream, Sen. Ted Cruz also accepted that ““It hasn’t been as big of a wave as I’d hoped it would be.”
YoutTube/Verdict with Ted Cruz

He dismissed suggestions that the underwhelming results were the fault of the intervention and endorsements of former President Donald Trump, whom he “thinks is likely” to announce a 2024 run next week.

Instead, he said the election was “a referendum on Biden,” which presumably means the aging commander-in-chief is more popular than his alarming poor poll numbers suggest.

Asked if he thought Biden would also announce a 2024 run soon, Graham said: “That’s their problem, not ours — we got plenty of problems.”



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