Republicans, who expected a “red wave”, would have to settle for a narrow majority in the lower house of Congress, something they have yet to achieve but could. on the sidewalk in front Joe Biden’s Democrats Exceed Expectations In a highly polarized country.
he was the one A disappointing night for Donald TrumpJoe had a resounding result that would boost a possible candidacy to win the White House again in 2024, after promising that on November 15 “he would make a big announcement.”
Not only this, he witnessed the tremendous victory of Ron DeSantis, The big winner of these elections, who would remain governor of Florida but could become the Republican Party’s main opponent for the presidential nomination.
The 44-year-old DeSantis, who has criticized restrictions imposed to curb Covid-19 and transgender rights in what used to be a swing state, won by nearly 20 points. “I’ve just started fighting,” he warned Cheers.
In these mid-term elections, which often slap the ruling party in the face, the entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate seats are renewed, in addition to several gubernatorial and local positions.
as thought, The duel for control of the Senate is relentless, Thief Three Seats Still Up for Grab Lean Democrats, But May Hinge on Georgia’s December RunoffSince no candidate in this southern state had more than 50% of the votes.
To approve Biden, Republicans needed just one more seat to gain control of an equally divided Senate.
But for now the only one that has changed hands was for the Democrats, with John Fetterman, a great defender of progressive economic policies who prevailed in Pennsylvania over Mehmet Oz, the mediocre doctor backed by Trump.
Senator from South Carolina, One of Trump’s main aides, Lindsey Graham, didn’t beat around the bush and admitted that the election “is not a Republican wave, that’s for sure.”
The lower house with a red majority?
But the lower house is another story. Although Republicans have had a red wave, with margins of 10, 25 or 35 seats, and have had to satisfy themselves with a handful, they are on track to win a majority in this 435-member House for the first time since 2018. ,
republican leader Kevin McCarthy, Joe was one of the optimists and came to predict 60 more seats, kept a good face on the bad weather. “It’s clear we’re going to take the Chamber back,” he said.
On a tense election morning, more than 100 Republicans, who campaign without evidence that the 2020 presidential election, which Biden won, was a robbery, staked some positions.
But some candidates had apparently backed Trump on a bitter night “and give the party a chance to win the seats it should have won,” John Rogovsky, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, told AFP.
For example, citing abortion, Rogovsky says, “voters rejected not only many of Trump’s candidates, but his policies as well.”
In referendums held in five states, voters supported abortion rights, overcoming a decision by the conservative-dominated Supreme Court, which left it to local officials to decide whether or not to allow it. The case of the very conservative and largely Republican Kentucky deserves attention.
Democrats with the most wind
The democratic sector is excited. “Never underestimate how much the Biden team is underrated,” tweeted White House chief of staff Ronald Klein.
And that a Republican-controlled lower house, however narrowly, could derail Biden’s agenda, launch an investigation, thwart his ambitions on climate change and help Ukraine fight against Russia. to question billions of US dollars.
But given that the ruling party regularly loses in midterm elections, which are considered referendums, and that Biden’s popularity ratings have hit rock bottom, pundits had predicted a drubbing. Especially with the aggressive campaign of Republicans who blame high inflation and crime.
And a beating would have raised questions about whether the oldest president in US history, who turns 80 this month, should run for re-election, as he says he intends.
The reality is something else. Biden has fared much better in this election than any of his Democratic predecessors, Barack Obama or Bill Clinton.
Two seats are enough for him to retain control of the Senate, the same number of seats Republicans need to tilt this chamber with great power in their favor.
Political division in the United States has already been a fact ahead of the 2020 presidential elections, but has since worsened in an atmosphere of extreme tension with accusations between the two camps.
Election day has not been spared from this rare weather.
Under investigation for his handling of secret White House documents and trying to scuttle the 2020 election, Trump faces charges of fraud.
He said the irregularities were caused by a problem with the voting machines in Arizona. Maricopa officials acknowledged that about 20% of the 223 polling places experienced difficulties, but say no one was denied the right to vote.