Vote counting moves forward tonight in a legislative and gubernatorial election in the United States that will determine the course of the country and President Joe Biden and in which the progress of the economy, inflation and abortion were the deciding issues.
The US president hopes to retain control of the Senate, while Republicans hope to regain the lower house at the end of the midterm elections, which voted for 435 members of the House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 senators.
The governments of more than thirty states were also at stake, and Democratic governors of states that the party had controlled for years also faced tough tests against Republican challengers.
More than 45 million Americans voted early in these midterm elections, including Biden, who voted in late October with one of his granddaughters in his stronghold of Wilmington in the northern state of Delaware.
The Division elections crowned a campaign that once again ignited the political divisions of the United States and stirred up ghosts about its commitment to a democratic future amid a dangerous distrust in the credibility of the electoral system.
An inflationary spiral, a wave of misinformation and crippling acts of political violence, including an attack on the husband of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi inside her own home, complete a social climate of increasing toxicity.
At his latest campaign rallies, as Biden called for “standing up for democracy,” former Republican President Donald Trump promised a “big announcement” next week, hoping to return to the White House within two years. Will try to
For his part, Biden, 79, has said publicly and privately that he intends to run again and that he would do so with greater determination if Trump also began running, which is likely to be both of them in the 2020 presidential election. The middle will repeat the duel. ,
The political future of Trump, 76, who continues to claim Biden beat him by fraud in 2020, also appears tied to the outcome of these midterm elections, for which he actively campaigned for dozens of Republican candidates. .
The country is holding elections for the first time since an attack that shook the foundations of American democracy by hundreds of his supporters to try to disrupt certification of Biden’s victory in January 2021.
Hundreds of Republican candidates in key districts have refused to pledge to accept the election results if they lose, raising doubts about the future of the world’s oldest democracy.
On the other hand, close races in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia will determine who controls the Senate. If no candidate for Georgia, one of the most unpredictable and potentially decisive outcome states, receives more than 50% of the vote, a runoff will be set for December 6, meaning control of the Senate will be lost for a month. Will not be clarified for.
Couple quarrels in the Senate According to the main US media, the first results of the midterm elections in the United States have not provided a change in the Democratic and Republican caucuses by registering several re-elections among legislators.
Republican Rand Paul, a senator from Kentucky, has been re-elected for this next term. In South Carolina, Tim Scott, a Republican senator since 2013, would have won against his Democratic opponent. In Alabama, Republican Katie Britt defeated Democrat Will Boyd, thus becoming the first woman elected to the state’s upper house. In addition, Senator Marco Rubio won re-election to the state of Florida, receiving a third term.
In Oklahoma – the only state to have elected two senators instead of one – Republican James Lankford – in office since 2015 – and Markwen Mullin, who represented that state in the House of Representatives, and who became the first Native American senator from Oklahoma in a century .
While in Vermont, Democrat Peter Welch – who had held the representative office in the lower house since 2007 – will replace Patrick Leahy, who is retiring after nearly 50 years as a legislator.
Florida rejects election monitors The state of Florida has rejected the Justice Department’s plan to send election monitors to three jurisdictions in the region: Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach. It would be “a federal intrusion”, alleged state officials led by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
At least one county in Missouri, Cole Key, rejected federal judicial supervision, which extended to 64 jurisdictions in 24 states.
Arizona Defective Ballot Complaints In Maricopa County, Arizona, election officials reported defective vote tabulators at approximately 20% of vote centers. If the tabulator does not read the ballot, voters may “drop the ballot into the box” at their polling place, the county elections office said in a note.
DeSantis is already shaping up to be a rival to Trump. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, was re-elected to his position by a wide margin, defeating Democrat Charlie Crist. Thus, DeSantis has been consolidated as a possible Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential elections.
Source: BAE Journal