Democrats retain control of US Senate | Midterm elections in the United States
The Capitol Building in Washington where the US Congress sits.
The Democratic Party won the seat it needed to retain control of the US Senate on Saturday, a decisive victory for the continuation of Joe Biden's presidency and a bitter failure for his predecessor Donald Trump.
Four days after the midterm elections, US media declared Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto's victory in the key state of Nevada.
< p class="e-p">The incumbent senator narrowly beat Adam Laxalt, a candidate backed by ex-President Donald Trump, according to US TV news. the number of Democrats elected to the Senate, which allows Joe Biden's party to keep control of the upper house of Congress. Under the Constitution, Vice President Kamala Harris has the power to decide between senators.
Democrats could still win a seat in the state of Georgia, where a second round will be held on December 6.
I feel good and I look forward to the next two years, reacted Mr. Biden from Phnom Penh on the sidelines of an Asian summit.
Democrat Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, who represents the state of Nevada.
The Republicans, who did not achieve the expected tidal wave in this vote traditionally unfavorable to the ruling party, however seem able to regain a majority in the House of Representatives.
They should use their majority to launch parliamentary inquiries into the Joe Biden administration.
But without the Senate, they won't be able to pass laws contrary to its goals, including abortion or climate laws, or block its appointments of judges, ambassadors, and government officials.
The results of nearly 20 ballots are still pending, mainly in California.
Driven by high inflation, the Republicans have long believed they have a avenue ahead of them to regain both chambers in this traditionally difficult election for the ruling party.
Their disappointing results are driving up the unrest among their elected officials in Congress, auguring possible settling of scores.
In a letter revealed by Politico, several Trumpist senators are asking to delay the vote to elect their Senate leader scheduled for next week, appearing to challenge tenor Mitch McConnell who wants to be reappointed.
We are all disappointed that a red wave did not materialize, and there are several reasons for this, they write wishing to open a debate on this subject.
The end of Republican illusions for the Senate represents a setback for Donald Trump, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the next presidential election on Tuesday.
Donald Trump at a rally in Ohio on the eve of the US midterm elections.
Already, on Friday, the Democrats had won in Arizona, where the outgoing Mark Kelly had beaten the Republican Blake Masters, who had received the strong support of the party. ex-head of state, and who has still not recognized his defeat.
Stung by this setback in Arizona, which adds to other failures of his foals, the Republican billionaire once again cried electoral fraud refusing to admit the verdict of the polls, as he has done since his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
Even if his influence on the Republican Party remains undeniable, he emerged weakened from the mid-term elections and seems to want to act quickly to pull the rug out from under his rivals.
Among them is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, triumphantly re-elected and new star of the hard right.
His success has not escaped the billionaire, who this week chained stings and mockery against the one he nicknamed Ron-la-Morale.
And, coincidence of the calendar or not, Tuesday will also be the day of the release of the memoirs of another possible competitor of Donald Trump, his former vice-president Mike Pence.