US election: Democrats fare better than expected

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Biden’s Democrats defend Senate majority in heartbreaking House finals

President Joe Biden’s party will continue to set the tone in the Senate for the next two years; the race for the grand chamber of Congress is, surprisingly, still open.

Chuck Schumer, leader of the Senate Democrats, will continue to set the agenda in the small chamber of Congress for the next two years.

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Five days after the US elections, one thing is definitely certain: the Senate, the small chamber of Congress, will remain in the hands of the Democrats. President Joe Biden’s party will provide either 50 or 51 seats in the future, depending on the outcome of the Georgia runoff, in which Senator Raphael Warnock will have to defend his seat against challenger Herschel Walker on December 6.

The last Senate race, which was still pending due to the slow counting of votes, was decided at the weekend. In the western state of Nevada, Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, a senator since 2017, ousted her challenger Adam Laxalt from the top spot. After counting early votes in the Las Vegas metro area, Cortez Masto now has a lead that Laxalt can no longer catch.

Joe Biden reacted with a great deal of satisfaction to his party’s success in the midterm elections, which amounts to a historical anomaly. On the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), the Democrat said on Sunday: “I think it reflects the quality of our candidates.” The President also pointed out that his party went into the election campaign united and campaigned for votes nationwide with the same program.

Five districts will decide the struggle for the House of Representatives

With the Senate race now settled and New York Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer remaining in office for another two years, vote counting continues for the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. And all signs point to a heart-stopping finale in the race for control of the grand chamber of Congress.

Republicans currently lead in 217 of the 435 constituencies in the House of Representatives. The Democrats, on the other hand, says election researcher David Wasserman, who works for the non-partisan service The Cook Political Report, have the better cards in 213 districts. On Sunday, however, the outcome was completely open in the race for the remaining 5 seats in the House of Representatives.

Kevin McCarthy spoke ahead of the election of 60 seats his Republican party would win - now it's probably fewer than 10.

Kevin McCarthy spoke ahead of the election of 60 seats his Republican party would win – now it’s probably fewer than 10.

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Two of these mandates are in the state of Arizona and three are in California. And in each of the still contested districts, all the votes will probably have to be counted until there is certainty about the winner. In the newly tailored 13th district in California, for example, the Republican was just 84 votes ahead of the Democrats. Only 61 percent of all ballot papers were counted. According to the rules of the game in the state of California, the local electoral authorities have until December 8th to count all the votes.

Because the Democrats would have to win the majority vote in all five districts, the Republicans still have the better cards in the struggle for power in the House of Representatives. But Kevin McCarthy, the speaker-designate, enters the new legislature weakened. Just last week, the Republican spoke about the fact that his party would win up to 60 seats in the election. Now it’s probably less than 10.