Joe Biden managed to retain control of the Senate on Saturday and let Republicans lose their majority in the House of Representatives. But with Donald Trump announcing his candidacy for the White House on Tuesday, all eyes are already on 2024.
The Senate is currently tied 49-49 thanks to incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly’s victory in Arizona on Friday, two seats up for grabs four days after American midterm elections in Nevada and Georgia.
A win would be enough for Democrats to keep control of the upper house, as they can use Vice President Kamala Harris’ vote to determine ties as provided in the Constitution.
In his victory speech, astronaut Mark Kelly called on his opponent to turn the page on Saturday. “We have seen what happens when leaders refuse to accept the truth and focus on the conspiracy theories of the past rather than addressing the challenges we face today,” he said.
His opponent, Blake Masters, who received strong support from Donald Trump, has yet to concede defeat.
Devastated by the setback in Arizona, the former president once again cried “election fraud,” refusing to accept the election’s verdict, as he has done since losing the 2020 presidential race.
On the House of Representatives side, Republicans seemed poised to regain a majority of seats, complicating President Joe Biden’s continued tenure.
But their success looks much slimmer than advertised. NBC News Channel projected a five-seat majority for Republicans Saturday morning, with 220 elected to 215 for Democrats.
About 20 polls are still undecided, however, mainly in California.
Because of high inflation, Republicans have long believed they have a boulevard to retake both chambers in this traditionally difficult election for the ruling party.
Their dismal results are raising concerns among their elected officials in Congress, who are likely to settle scores.
revealed in a letter politicsA number of Trumpist senators are asking to postpone a vote to elect their Senate leader, scheduled for next week, as they appear to be challenging incumbent Mitch McConnell, who is seeking re-election.
We were all disappointed when the “Red Wave” arrived [la couleur de leur parti, NDLR] has not materialized and there are many reasons for this”, they want to start a discussion on the topic.
Everyone already has their eyes on the 2024 presidential election as former President Donald Trump is expected to announce his candidacy in just three days from his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
“President Trump will announce on Tuesday that he is running for president. And it’s going to be a very professional, very nice announcement,” his adviser Jason Miller confirmed Friday, removing all suspense.
Donald Trump’s candidacy for the White House is the third. Although his influence on the Republican Party is undeniable, he has weakened since the midterm elections and seems to be thinking of moving quickly to pull the rug out from under his opponents.
Among them is the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, who was re-elected with victory and is the new star of the hard right.
His success has not escaped the billionaire, who nicknamed him “Ron-la-Morelle” this week in spades and captured mockery.
And, calendar coincidence or not, Tuesday is also the day Donald Trump, another potential contender for his former vice president, Mike Pence, will release a memoir.
The 2024 election could be a remake of 2020: His then-rival, incumbent Democratic President Joe Biden, this week reiterated his “intention” to run for a second term. But he took precautions to postpone any final decision until next year.