After two years with Joe Biden as president, the US is electing a new parliament. According to the polls, things are not looking good for its Democrats. There is a risk of losing the Congress majority.
Two years after President Joe Biden’s election victory, a new Congress will be elected in the United States on Tuesday. The Americans vote on the majorities in the two chambers of parliament, the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as on numerous governorships and other important offices.
Biden (79) had recently campaigned again for his Democrats. He is threatened with losing his majority in Congress. On Monday evening (local time), Biden wants to appear in Maryland at the end of a multi-day campaign tour through several states. Ex-President Donald Trump wants to speak to supporters again in Ohio.
There is a threat of a blockade policy by the Republicans
Should the Democrats lose their majority in Congress, Republicans are likely to largely block Biden’s policies until the next presidential election in November 2024. According to polls, the House of Representatives is likely to go to the Republicans. In the Senate, on the other hand, a very tight race is expected. Biden repeatedly warned against Republican candidates who openly question or even deny election results. “I’m not joking with these election deniers. There are only two possible election results for them: either they win or they were cheated,” he said on Sunday evening.
Republican Kevin McCarthy announced in a CNN interview that he would introduce a border control bill after the elections. He has a good chance of replacing Democrat Nancy Pelosi in her powerful position as Speaker of the House. His party also wants to use investigative committees to scrutinize the policies of the Biden government. McCarthy cited last year’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan as an example.
Showdown in Florida
In the US state of Florida, there was a kind of showdown between potential Republican candidates for 2024 over the weekend. The ex-President Trump, who was voted out of office, repeated the tale of the stolen 2020 election to the cheering of his supporters and again hinted at another application in 2024. It was noticeable that the Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, was absent from the rally – and Trump did not mention him at all.
De Santis (44), who wants to be confirmed in office on Tuesday, is considered Trump’s strongest internal competitor for the 2024 election. According to surveys, he has a good chance of defending his governorship this Tuesday. Neither of them have announced their candidacy yet – at least Trump’s announcement is expected after the “midterms”.