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the battle for Congress remains open as the count progresses

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The first results of the night show an even distribution in the Senate, where the Democrats reach 40 seats while the Republicans reach 39, while the count continues to define the 21 undefined places.

One of the first data of the day had as its protagonist the Republican Ron DeSantis, Trump’s potential rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. The governor of Florida was re-elected in office this Tuesday, according to the US media.

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A rising star of the hard right, DeSantis, 44, unsurprisingly prevailed in this conservative state over former Governor Charlie Crist, a former Republican who had switched parties, according to ABC and CNN.

Democrat Maura Healey became the first openly lesbian governor of the United States on Tuesday, after defeating Republican Geoff Diehl, supported by former President Trump, in the state of Massachusetts, according to several media outlets.

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Healy, 51, comfortably won his rival and snatches this important governorship from the Democrats, which was in Republican hands.

On the other hand, Wes Moore, a Democrat, defeated a far-right Republican in Maryland and will become the third black governor of any US state.

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“We need everyone to get down to business electing Democrats,” Biden tweeted. at noon, calling for the mobilization of their ranks in the most disputed states.

Rampant inflation puts the 79-year-old president at risk of losing control of Congress in these midterm elections, which are often unfavorable to the ruling party.

trump, his predecessor and who supports many of the Republican candidates, on the contrary, hopes that the party emerges to launch himself in the presidential race. On Monday announced at a rally that he will make “a big announcement” on November 15.

“It’s going to be a very exciting day for a lot of people,” he said Tuesday as he left a Florida polling place. The 76-year-old tycoon wants to get ahead of possible Republican rivals and hinder investigations into his alleged role in the assault on Capitol Hill or the way in which he managed the White House files.

Meanwhile “I think we’re going to have a great night” and “it’s going to be great for the country,” he added confidently.

Up for grabs in these elections are seats in the entire House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, and a number of gubernatorial and local positions. Dozens of referendums are also held, mainly on the right to abortion.

More than 40 million voters have already voted in advance and on Tuesday long lines formed at the polling stations in the early hours of the day.

“There has been a lot of tension and misinformation” during the campaignlaments Robin Ghirdar, a 61-year-old doctor who went to vote Democrat in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Each field has dramatized the central issues of these elections: the Democrats posed as defenders of democracy and the right to abortion, compared to the Republicans, considered “extremists.”

And the conservatives acted as guarantors of order against a so-called “loose and radical” left on security and immigration.

But inflation has superseded the rest of the issues in recent weeks, making Republicans more confident than ever in their chances of defeating Trump at the polls. Joe Biden, Who do they blame for the rise in prices?

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“We need a policy of the good father of a family, that taxes go down and that the economy does well”, estimated Kenneth Bellowsa 32-year-old law student who voted Republican in Phoenix, Arizona (southwest), disappointed in Biden’s economic management.

In the southern town of McAllen, where more than 80% of the population is Latino, the greatest concern is knowing what the authorities will do in the face of the growing migration that overflows its borders.

“They have broken the immigration system (…) The United States has suffered a silent invasion by eleven million undocumented immigrants,” says Francisco Cabral, a worker of Mexican ancestors born and raised in the United States and openly Republican.

But this territory is historically Democratic, and Juanita Gonzales, a retired housewife, hopes it will stay that way.

Revalidate support

These mid-term elections are held two years after the presidential elections and are equivalent, in some ways, to a referendum on the occupant of the White House.

Biden tried to avoid the punishment vote by presenting himself as “the president of the middle class”, insisting that he reduced student debt, protected health care and invested in infrastructure and the climate, but his efforts do not seem to have paid off.

According to the most recent polls, the Republican opposition has a chance of winning at least 10 to 25 seats in the lower house, more than enough to have a majority.

There is less clarity about the fate of the Senate, but the Republicans could get it too.

Deprived of a majority, the president would be paralyzed. The Republicans have advanced that they will not pardon him and plan to open investigations in the House of Representatives on the affairs of his son Hunter or some of his secretaries.

These elections they are decided in a handful of key states, the same as in the 2020 presidential elections.

All the lights are on Pennsylvania, former stronghold of the steel industry, where millionaire Republican surgeon Mehmet Oz, backed by Trump, is up against former small-town Democratic mayor John Fetterman for the most contested Senate seat.

Because the balance of power in the upper house, with immense power, very possibly depends on this seat.

As in 2020, Georgia is also in the spotlight. Democrat Raphael Warnock, the first black senator elected in this southern state with a strong segregationist past, is seeking re-election against Herschel Walker, a former African-American athlete, backed by the former president.

Arizona, Ohio, Nevada, Wisconsin and North Carolina are also the scene of fights between Democrats and Trump candidates, who swear absolute loyalty to the former White House occupant.

Some duels at the blow of hundreds of millions of dollars that made these mid-term elections the most expensive in the history of the United States.

what the polls say

According to the most recent polls, the Republican opposition has a chance of winning at least 10 to 25 seats in the lower housemore than enough to have a majority.

There is less clarity about the fate of the Senate, but the Republicans could get it too.

Losing control of both houses of Congress would have serious consequences for the Democratic president, who has so far said he “intends” to run again in 2024. what would become a duel like the one in 2020.

Source: Ambito

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