Donald Trump may not have been on the ballot during these midterm elections, but he still cast a shadow over them.

Earlier in the evening, the former president made a brief speech from his Mar-a-Lago home and claimed an overwhelming victory for his endorsed candidates.

In the highest profile contests where he backed candidates over more mainstream Republican options, his picks have struggled.

Mehmet Oz lost his Senate race in Pennsylvania. Herschel Walker appears headed for a run-off in Georgia. Blake Masters is trailing in Arizona.

Only JD Vance in Ohio pulled out a clear win, albeit by a more narrow margin than the trending-conservative state would suggest.

Republicans are going to be second-guessing his political instincts after Tuesday night. And if he does launch a new bid for the presidency next week, he will be on the back foot.

Donald John Trump is an American politician, media personality, and businessman who served as the 45th president of the United States from 2017 to 2021.

Former President Donald Trump, who is expected to announce he will run for president in 2024, has seen some of his endorsed candidates fail