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A weak Democratic majority of one seat in the Senate has been preserved (comparable to our Senate). Last weekend, it was announced that Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto won Nevada over her Republican rival. This means that the Democrats retain control of fifty seats in the Senate. Republicans currently hold 49 seats in the Senate.
The last seat in the state of Georgia. A second round of elections in December should determine who gets that seat. In the first round, none of the candidates received a majority of 50%. This is a requirement under state election laws to officially win a race.
Losing the house is a slap for Biden
Although the damage was relatively limited, losing a majority in the House of Representatives is still a blow to President Biden and his Democratic Party. Republicans can now block new legislation. The ambitious plans of the Biden administration, which managed to get the broad inflation reduction bill through Congress this year, have been put on the back burner.
One bright spot for the Biden administration is that appointing judges and government officials as ministers will not succumb to pressure. These appointments must be approved by the Senate.
Republicans were also disappointed. Their candidate, Carrie Lake, joined the line of Donald Trump-backed candidates who lost the battle. Lake ran for governor of Arizona but lost to Democratic rival Katie Hobbs in a dreadful race.
Republicans want to launch all kinds of investigations into Biden
A painful side effect for Democrats is that House Republicans want to open all kinds of investigations into Biden and the Democrats. Among other things, the government’s policy on Corona and the work of the Department of Justice and the FBI are at the top of their agenda.
Republicans also want an investigation into alleged conflicts of interest surrounding Biden’s son Hunter and the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2020. If it were up to Republicans, these issues would dominate news flows in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election.
Enkele bijzondere winnaars bij de Amerikaanse midterms:
- Maura Healey wordt de eerste openlijk lesbische gouverneur in de Verenigde Staten. Ze werd verkozen in de staat Massachusetts.
- Ook haar running mate is een vrouw, waardoor Massachusetts als eerste staat twee vrouwen in de hoogste staatsambten krijgt.
- Maxwell Frost is de eerste zogeheten zoomer (iemand die behoort tot de generatie Z) in het Huis van Afgevaardigden. De 25-jarige Democraat veroverde een zetel in Florida. Generatie Z bestaat uit mensen die tussen 1995 en 2010 zijn geboren.
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