The rivalry between Republicans and Democrats intensifies as Americans vote in the midterm elections
Americans began voting Tuesday in the midterm elections, with Republicans trying to obtain a majority in Congress that would paralyze President Joe Biden’s agenda for the next two years and pave the way for Donald Trump’s return to the White House.
Republicans, Democrats in tight race for control of U.S. Congress
A tight race between Republicans and Democrats for control of the US Congress, but Republicans in the Senate are in their best position in months to get the one seat they need to overthrow the Senate next year.
The suffering of the Republican candidates
The plight of the Republican candidates backed by Donald Trump has changed, those struggles are now a thing of the past, and Republicans are finally feeling optimistic thanks to late-game spending increases and the deteriorating national environment for Democrats.
The mood in the White House improved as the night ended, with previously nervous aides putting a smile on their faces and saying Democrats’ early signs were better than expected.
The report notes that the Republican Party’s biggest boost was in Pennsylvania, where the Democrats’ advances have all but evaporated over the course of many months, and currently Mehmet Oz has at least a good chance of winning after wrestling Democrat John Fetterman, who suffers from stroke symptoms. Whichever party wins that state will have multiple majority paths.
In other “battlefield” states, Democratic slates Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and Raphael Warnock of Georgia are trying to hold out, while the Republican Party is showing belated momentum against Democratic incumbents in Arizona and New Hampshire. Democrats can still challenge conventional wisdom and expand their majorities, but Republicans are beginning to expect complete control of Congress.
“Opportunities at this moment are very, very strong, I’ll just say we’ll get the Senate next Tuesday,” said Iowa Senator Joni Earnest, a member of the Republican leadership.