PHOENIX (Reuters) – Democrats will hold back control of the Senate while curbing potential losses in the House, giving President Joe Biden a big win and the “red wave” Republicans expected to lead to the midterm elections. extinguished the hope of .
Democratic leaders described the outcome, tied in a victory for an incumbent Nevada senator late Saturday, as both vindication of their agenda and an insult to the Republican candidate. did.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said at a news conference on Sunday, “We were on the verge of a dictatorship. Thankfully, the American people have pulled us back in this election.
The better-than-expected performance comes ahead of Tuesday’s election, when Biden, who has struggled with low approval ratings amid persistently high inflation, is expected to face intense talks with China’s Xi Jinping on a range of geopolitical issues. brought political prominence to Monday in Indonesia.
But with Republicans on the verge of taking control of the House, officials continue to count votes and revenue is still pouring in in some constituencies, including liberal-leaning California.
As of late Saturday, Republicans have 211 seats and Democrats have 205 seats, and need 218 seats to win a majority. It could be days before the results of the House of Representatives elections are known enough to determine which party controls the 435-seat House of Representatives.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 82, told ABC News and CNN that she would not announce anything about whether she plans to remain leader of the House until control of the House is determined. Especially after her husband was attacked by an intruder in his San Francisco home last month, there was speculation that she would resign if the Democratic Party lost its majority.
Republicans in the House have pledged to withdraw a Biden-led bill to fight climate change if they win, and want to make permanent a string of tax cuts set to expire in 2017. They also vowed to investigate the activities of the Biden administration and the president’s son, who has dealings with Ukraine and China.
Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks said on Sunday he hoped his party would win a small majority in the House of Representatives and act as a “last line of defense to block Biden’s agenda.” , the origins of the COVID and pandemic lockdowns.
“This should be the focus of every committee in Congress, especially the Republican-controlled House,” Banks said in an interview with Fox News Sunday.
Focus on Georgia
Democrats control the Senate with 50 of the 100 seats, as they have for the past two years, with Vice President Kamala Harris tying the vote.
Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Mast won the majority, narrowly defeating Republican Adam Laxalt.
In his Sunday morning victory speech, Cortez Masto said, “When pundits across the country said I couldn’t win, I knew Nevada would prove them wrong. .
Senate attention turns to Georgia, where Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican Senator Herschel Walker will face off in the December 6 runoff. By passing a small number of bills that can be advanced by a simple majority, rather than the 60 required for most legislation.
The 2022 midterm elections have been on Trump’s radar all year. Trump has used his continued popularity among far-right conservatives to influence the candidates Republicans nominate for congressional, state gubernatorial and local elections.
Even with a narrow majority in the House, the Republican party’s performance has been lackluster, and Mr. Trump has been accused of backing candidates who failed to appeal to a wide enough voter base.
A Republican loss in Georgia could further erode President Trump’s popularity.
The result could make it more likely that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who routed his Democratic opponent on Tuesday, will choose to challenge Trump for the 2024 presidential nomination.
Democrats portray Republicans as extremists, fueling Supreme Court decision to repeal nationwide abortion rights and Trump’s baseless allegations that the 2020 presidential election is rigged He pointed out hundreds of Republican candidates who
Pelosi says Democratic candidates know their precincts and focus on issues voters care about, even as Washington experts predicted big losses and called for a change in approach. As a result of continuing to match her party’s achievements.
“They knew the value of women’s choice. They knew how important it was to protect democracy. They knew the difference between themselves and their opponents,” Pelosi told ABC. Told.
Continued control of the Senate means Democrats can continue to approve Biden candidates, including federal judges. This includes someone who will be appointed to the Supreme Court should he become vacant on the bench in a 6-3 conservative majority within the next two years.
Reporting by Tim Reed in Phoenix, Kanishka Singh, Richard Cowan, Jason Lang and Joel Shechtman in Washington. Written by Kanishka Singh and Nathan Layne.Edited by William Mallard and Bill Barclot
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