Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer described it as a “victory and vindication” for the Democrats and their program. He also accused the Republican Party of stoking fear and division during the campaign.
The republicans, however, they remained close to taking control of the House of Representatives, while officials continue to count votes. It could be several days before the results of enough elections are known to determine which party controls this 435-seat chamber.
Midterm elections: the results
The results of several elections, including those in liberal-leaning California, kept coming. As of late Saturday, Republicans had won 211 seats of the 218 needed for a majority, ahead of Democrats with 205.
“The American people rejected the undemocratic, authoritarian, ugly and divisive direction that the MAGA Republicans wanted to take our country.“Schumer said after the re-election of Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada sealed control of the house for Democrats from Biden.
Democrats would control the Senate, as they have for the past two years, with 50 of its 100 seats, as Vice President Kamala Harris has a tie-breaking vote.
If Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock were to win the December 6 runoff election in Georgia against Republican Herschel Walker, a 51-49 majority would give Democrats an added advantage in passing the few bills that can advance with a simple majority. , instead of the 60 required for most legislation.
“Now our focus is on Georgia. We feel good where we are,” Biden said Sunday in Cambodia ahead of an East Asia summit. “I am incredibly satisfied by the participation.”
The former president donald trump he’s been hovering over the 2022 midterm elections all year, leveraging his continued popularity among hard-right conservatives to influence the candidates the GOP has nominated for congress, governors and local elections.
Faced with the mediocre results of the Republicans – even if they win a narrow majority in the House of Representatives – Trump was blamed for promoting candidates who were unable to attract a large enough constituency.
A Republican defeat in Georgia could further erode the popularity of Trump, who aides say is considering announcing a third run for president this week in 2024.
The result could increase the chances that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who defeated his Democratic challenger on Tuesday, opts to challenge Trump for the 2024 presidential nomination. (Reporting by Tim Reid in Phoenix and Kanishka Singh, Richard Cowan and Jason Lange in Washington; writing by Kanishka Singh; editing in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)