Tuesday, November 8, more than 213 million American voters were called upon to renew part of the mandates of the Senate (the upper house of the American Republic) and all of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Usually, midterms favor the opposition. At the moment, the final results are not yet known. The Republicans seem well on their way to taking control of the House of Representatives. On the senate side, the dice are not cast. The voters essentially mobilized around the right to abortion and runaway inflation.
No Republican wave
Four days after the midterm elections, US media declared victory for Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in the key state of Nevada. The incumbent narrowly beat Adam Laxalt, a candidate supported by ex-president Donald Trump, according to American television networks. His re-election brings the number of Democrats elected to the Senate to 50 out of 100, which allows Joe Biden’s party to keep control of the upper house of Congress. Under the Constitution, Vice President Kamala Harris has the power to decide between senators.
The Democrats could still win a seat in the state of Georgia, where a runoff will be held on December 6.
The Republicans seem well on their way to winning a majority in the House of Representatives, but they are still seven seats short. The Republicans won 211 seats, the Democrats 203. The majority is 218. The right will have a narrow majority, well below the 240 to 250 elected hoped for by Donald Trump. Californian Kevin McCarthy, 57, a moderate who has grown closer to Trump, is expected to chair the new Assembly, which will sit on January 3.
Joe Biden said to himself “ ready to work with the Republican opposition elected on Tuesday, while warning that it ” won’t support any Republican proposal that would make inflation worse (…) Voters don’t want more taxes “. He issued the same warning regarding anti-abortion measures. ” If we work together, we must remember what the United States is “, he said. ” I will do what is in my power to bring the country together. »
Very often, the midterm elections look like a referendum for or against the tenant of the White House. And the latter rarely emerges victorious: the presidential party has lost seats in the House of Representatives in 17 of the last 19 midterms. This trend is partly explained by the desire of voters to put in place a stronger counter-power against the Head of State.
Newcomers to the House of Representatives
In Florida, it is “Generation Z”, that of today’s teenagers and young adults, who set foot in the House of Representatives, with Democrat Maxwell Frost, 25. Women are now making a place for themselves as choice, both among the Republicans, with the election of Sarah Huckabee and Katie Britt, respectively the first female governors of Arkansas and Alabama, and among the Democrats with Maura Healey, the first openly lesbian woman, in Massachusetts Finally, African-Americans continue their conquest of prestigious mandates with Wes Moore who becomes the third black governor of the country and the first in the State of Maryland If several transgender women had already been elected, James Roesener becomes the first transgender man to enter a local legislature in the state of New Hampshire
The contenders for 2024
Joe Biden reiterated at a press conference on Wednesday November 9 “ intend to run for a second term, but will confirm it next year. ” My intention is to represent myself “, said the Democratic leader, specifying that it was however a “ family decision “.
It is undoubtedly another young governor, Gavin Newsom, of California, who appears to be the most obvious contender in the race which is announced on the side of the Democrats. Admittedly, Gavin Newsom has announced that he will complete his term as governor. A simple way not to challenge Joe Biden, officially a candidate for his own succession, or his great California rival, Vice President Kamala Harris, who does not hide her presidential ambitions, but who has not convinced.
Former President Donald Trump wants revenge after his defeat by Joe Biden in November 2020. At 76, the billionaire promised “a very big announcement Tuesday, November 15 at Mar-a-Lago”, his residence in Florida.
After their re-election as Governor of Florida and Governor of Texas on the occasion of the American midterm elections on Tuesday, two Republicans with presidential ambitions, Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott, can now claim the nomination of their party for the next presidential election in 2024.