Wednesday, December 7

USA: Republicans gain advantage in the House of Representatives and the Senate remains in a virtual tie

The scrutiny of the mid-term elections in the United States progresses slowly. With the tables on the West Coast already closed, the first projections showed a slight advantage for the Republicans in the House of Representatives while the composition of the Senate still does not set a trend: the results depend on three or four states.

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Thus, the first results of the mid-term elections did not throw up any great surprises and the Republican and Democratic candidates for the two chambers of the federal Congress prevailed in general terms according to what the polls predicted. In the first hours, none of the contests considered more disputed had a clear result.

The main US media had already projected winners in several races considered “safe”, that is, in which the polls pointed to a clear victory either on the Democratic or Republican side.

In this sense, the Republican candidates prevailed in the elections for the federal Senate in South Carolina, Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Arkansas and Kentucky, while the Democrats did the same in Vermont, Illinois, Connecticut and Maryland.

In Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Hampshire, all considered key races, the scrutiny was not yet far enough advanced to declare a winner.

The House of Representatives

Also in the House of Representatives, the pattern set by the polls was followed and almost three hours after the closing of the first voting centers, the Republicans had victories in 27 districts and the Democrats in 15, out of a total of 435 congressmen in the House American low.

None of the electoral battles resolved at the moment is one of those considered key to the political future of the United States, that is, those that are considered to decant control of the Senate and the House of Representatives on the side of one party or another. .

This Tuesday the Americans are called to the polls in what are known as mid-term elections to elect all the members of the Lower House, a third of the senators and several governors and state and local positions.

What is chosen in these elections?

Americans today choose the 435 members of the House of Representatives, 35 of the 100 senators and 36 governors, as well as thousands of local and state positions, and hold referendums on issues such as the legalization of marijuana or abortion.

Results may take days to be known in some states. In the 2020 presidential elections, the country’s major media took four days to declare the current president, Joe Biden, the winner and, for this Tuesday’s elections, the White House has already warned that “counting the ballots in an orderly manner takes time” .

These mid-term elections are the first since the presidential ones, which were marked by unfounded allegations of fraud by the Republican side and by the then president himself, Donald Trump (2017-2021), who still considers that he won two years ago.

With information from the EFE agency