US mid-term elections: Democrats maintain control of the Senate

Emmanuel Paul
Emmanuel Paul - Journalist/ Storyteller

Total disappointment in the Republican camp. The red wave so hoped for by Mitch McConnell’s team will not take place during the mid-term elections on November 8.

Against all odds, the Democrats will maintain control of the Senate and limit the damage to the House of Representatives. With the victory of Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Joe Biden’s party already has 50 seats to Donald Trump’s 49. They also have a chance to increase their numbers in the Georgia runoff election on December 6, where incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock will face former U.S. soccer player Herchel Walker.

Identified as the weakest link among the Democratic candidates, Mitch McConnell thought he could unseat Catherine Cortez Masto in the Senate. He spent millions of dollars in the promotion of his candidate Adam Laxalt who lost the election 48.2% of the votes against 48.7% for Ms. Cortez Masto.

On the side of the House of Representatives, nothing is still certain for the Republicans after nearly a week of elections held on November 8. Until Saturday evening, November 12, Kevin McCarthy’s party was at 211 seats against 204 for the Democrats, according to CNN projections. However, NBCNews estimates that the Republicans will win 219 seats, one more to control the lower house. This is well below the expectations of the Republican congressional spokesman. Kevin McCarthy had projected that his team would have a majority of more than 60 seats in Congress.

With the extremely high inflation rate in the United States, the Republicans were hoping to make the mid-term elections a referendum on President Joe Biden, who is very unpopular in the polls. But the voters seem to prefer inflation to the Republican denialists who have so far not accepted Joe Biden’s victory. The candidates supported by Donald Trump have almost all been defeated by their Democratic rivals. This has created a mess among Republican leaders who are blaming each other for this historic debacle.


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