Midterm Elections in the US

On Nov. 8, 2022, midterm elections were held in the United States

On Nov. 8, 2022, midterm elections were held in the United States. Both inside and outside the country, people were surprised by the results, since the Republicans had expected a “red wave” to prevail in congressional and state elections. However, this was not the case, despite the poor performance of Joe Biden’s administration.

Midterm elections are considered to be an evaluation of the current administration’s performance and are held two years into the sitting president’s term of office. As a result, all the seats in the House of Representatives (435) and one-third of the seats in the Senate (35) were up for election, as well as 36 of the 50 governorships in the United States.

From the results already available, that is to say those that have been completed and validated (some are still pending), the Republicans will obtain control of the House of Representatives having won 220 seats, compared to the Democrats who won 214. In the Senate, the Democrats will maintain control of the chamber by obtaining 50 seats compared to the Republicans with 49*; in state elections, the Democrats achieved significant victories, such as in Pennsylvania, a Republican stronghold.

The balance of the results favor President Biden by virtue of the fact that he loses only a few seats in Congress, therefore managing to contain Donald Trump’s aspirations. Biden’s government is not having the best of times in terms of acceptance because inflation in the United States exceeds eight points (the highest it has been in the last 40 years), which is why he has a disapproval rating of over 50%, with the U.S. facing a probable economic recession.

Nevertheless, Biden is the first president since World War II not to lose control of the Senate in a midterm. Trump, on the other hand, who had thought the results of this race would favor the launch of his presidential campaign for 2024 now finds this in question given that he backed many of the losing candidates. Insiders report that Trump did not choose the best candidates, but the ones most loyal to his cause.

Before Election Day, Trump said he would make a “big announcement” on Nov. 15. It is presumed that he will announce his third run for the presidency of the United States. But at the time of writing, this has yet to happen**. As if that were not enough, in addition to the bad results from the midterm elections, the Republican magnate has possible legal action pending with the U.S. Congress and the U.S. courts.

*Editor’s Note: As of Nov. 27, the tally in the House is 220-213, with Republicans leading; the Georgia Senate race is set for a runoff on Dec. 6.

**Editor’s Note: Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

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Stephen is the Head of a Portfolio Management Office (PMO) in a public sector organisation. He has over twenty years experience in project, programme and portfolio management, leading various major organisational change initiatives. He has been invited to share his knowledge, skills and experience at various national events. Stephen has a BA Honours Degree in History & English and a Masters in Human Resource Management (HRM). He has studied a BSc Language Studies Degree (French & Spanish) and is currently completing a Masters in Translation (Spanish to English). He has been translating for more than ten years for various organisations and individuals, with a particular interest in science and technology, poetry and literature, and current affairs.

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