November 30, 2022

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Midterms 2022: Democrats keep control of Senate, “I know I’m coming out strong,” cheers Biden

Democrats won a seat they didn’t have to retain control of the U.S. Senate on Saturday, a decisive victory for incumbent Joe Biden and a bitter defeat for his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Four days later By-elections, US media have reported that Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has won the key state of Nevada. The incumbent narrowly defeated Adam Laxalt, a candidate backed by former President Donald Trump, according to US television networks.

His re-election brings the number of Democrats elected to the Senate to 50 to 100, allowing Joe Biden’s party to control the upper house of Congress. According to the Constitution, Vice President Kamala Harris has the power to decide between senators.



<p>U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (d) speaks at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 1, 2022.</p>
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<p class=Democrats can still win one seat in the state of Georgia, where a runoff will be held on December 6.

Joe Biden “Enhanced”

US President Joe Biden spoke from Cambodia to attend the East Asia Summit. He says he has been strengthened by these mid-term elections. The surprise victory for the Democratic Party in the midterm elections puts it in a strong position to approach crucial talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“I know I’m coming on strong,” Joe Biden said in Phnom Penh, where he is meeting leaders as part of an East Asia summit. “I feel great and I’m looking forward to the next two years,” he said after the Democratic victory in Nevada.

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Current Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer responded minutes after the results were announced, tweeting that they were a “revelation” of actions by Democrats. For him, that means Americans have “wisely rejected the undemocratic, authoritarian, wicked and divisive direction that MAGA Republicans wanted to give our country,” referring to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement.

The latter was ubiquitous during the campaign, from Republican primaries to house rallies across the country.

More than 100 Republican candidates contested the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to US media projections, but some of Mr Trump’s dupes have failed. Buoyed by high inflation, Republicans have long believed they have a boulevard ahead of them to win back two chambers during a traditionally tough election for the governing party.



<p>Former President Donald Trump on November 8, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida</p>
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<p class=It looks like Republicans will be able to regain a majority in the House of Representatives. They should use it to launch numerous congressional investigations into Joe Biden’s administration or people close to him.

However, their success promises to be far less than expected. NBC News on Saturday morning predicted a slim five-seat majority for Republicans, with 220 electors to 215 for Democrats. Nearly 20 pollsters have yet to deliver their verdict, however, mainly in California.

But without the Senate, they cannot pass laws contrary to its purposes, especially on abortion or the climate, and cannot block the appointments of judges, ambassadors, and government officials.

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Backlash to Trump

Their disappointing results have sparked outrage among elected officials in Congress and the possibility of settling accounts.

In a letter disclosed by Politico, several Trumpist senators have asked to postpone next week’s vote to elect their Senate president, which appears to challenge Tenor Mitch McConnell, who is seeking reelection. “We are all disappointed that a + red wave + (the color of their party, NLDR) is not working, there are many reasons for this,” they write, wanting to start a debate on the matter.

The end of the Republican primary for the Senate marks a setback for Donald Trump, who is expected to announce on Tuesday that he will seek his third bid for the presidency.

Already, on Friday, the Democrats won in Arizona, where the outgoing Mark Kelly defeated the Republican plague masters, who had the strong support of the former head of state, who has not yet recognized his defeat. Hurt by this setback in Arizona, adding to his other defeats in his campaigns, the Republican billionaire once again shouted “election fraud,” refusing to acknowledge the verdict of the polls, as he has done since losing the 2020 presidential race.

While his influence in the Republican Party is undeniable, he actually comes out weakened in the midterm elections and prefers to move quickly to pull the rug out from under his rivals. Among them is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was re-elected with victory and is the new star of the hard right. His win didn’t escape the chained billionaire of spades and sarcasm against the man he nicknamed “Ron-la-Morelle” this week.

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And, calendar coincidence or not, Tuesday will also be the day that Donald Trump’s other potential rival, his former Vice President Mike Pence, releases a memoir.



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