Control of the United States Congress was up for grabs early on Wednesday after some parties won a few close votes in a midterm election focused on voter despair coupled with high inflation and the abrupt withdrawal of abortion rights.
Democrats held a crucial Senate seat in New Hampshire, where Democrat Maggie Hassan defeated Republican Don Bolduc, a retired Army general who originally reiterated former President Donald Trump’s campaign regarding the 2020 election, but He later tried to move away from something more extreme in the positions he held during the Republican primary. Republicans retained Senate seats in Ohio and North Carolina.
The battle for the House of Representatives was fought from district to district. Democrats retained office in major suburban constituencies such as Virginia, Kansas and Rhode Island.
In Virginia, Rep. Ellen Luria, a Navy veteran serving on the House committee investigating the January 6 uprising, was the first Democrat to lose a hard-fought constituency, losing to former House helicopter pilot Armie Jane Keegans. A winner had yet to be announced in several districts that determine control of the House of Representatives in states such as New York and California.
The result of the votes in both houses will determine the future of President Joe Biden’s plans, and will serve as a referendum on his government in a time of record inflation in the country and concerns about the direction of the United States. If Republicans take control of the House of Representatives, they will likely launch a series of investigations into Biden and his family, while taking control of the Senate will reduce Biden’s ability to appoint judges.
The historical trend was against the Democrats. The ruling party almost always loses seats in the presidential first midterm elections, though Democrats hoped that outrage over the Supreme Court’s decision to strip abortion rights could mobilize their voters to counter the pattern.
Democratic Representatives Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton were strong contenders for Republican hopes in districts where the GOP was confident of victory.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, two potential Republican presidential contenders, defeated their Democratic rivals and were re-elected in the nation’s two largest Republican-majority states. For Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who lost to Abbott, it was his third unsuccessful campaign since 2018.
In Georgia, Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker were vying for a seat that could determine control of the Upper House.
Republicans are betting their message focused on the economy, fuel prices and crime will resonate with voters amid rising inflation and rising violence.
Associated Press VoteCast, a comprehensive poll of general voters, showed that high inflation and concerns about the fragility of democracy have been key factors for voters.
Half of the voters said inflation is a key factor, as food, gas, housing and other expenses have skyrocketed over the past year. Slightly fewer – 44% – said the future of democracy is their main concern.
Overall, 7 out of 10 voters said the decision to overturn the 1973 decision that established the right to abortion has been a significant factor in their decisions in the elections.
According to VoteCast, the ruling was unpopular. About 6 in 10 said they were angry or unhappy with the decision, while 4 in 10 were satisfied. And almost 6 out of 10 were in favor of a law that would guarantee legal abortion rights across the country.
No widespread problems with ballot papers or voter intimidation were reported in the country, although minor incidents occurred on most election days.