As congressional elections begin, Biden warns of Republican victory, and Trump speaks of important announcement | news

As congressional elections begin, Biden warns of Republican victory, and Trump speaks of important announcement |  news
As congressional elections begin, Biden warns of Republican victory, and Trump speaks of important announcement |  news

As congressional elections begin, Biden warns of Republican victory, and Trump speaks of important announcement | news

Americans began voting in the midterm elections for Congress today, Tuesday, amid expectations that Republicans would win a majority of the seats. Polling stations on the east coast began opening at 6 a.m. (11:00 GMT).

US President Joe Biden had warned that a Republican victory in this election could weaken the country’s democratic institutions, while former President Donald Trump has indicated he could announce another attempt to return to the White House by next week.

“We are at a critical juncture today,” Biden told a crowd at Bowie University outside Washington, DC, “and we know this is the moment to defend him.”

Biden and his predecessor Trump are playing two key roles in drawing voters to the polls in Tuesday’s election, and their positions reflect deep political divisions in the United States ahead of the election, with Republicans likely to have control of one or both Houses of Congress will win .

Biden’s popularity

A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Monday showed President Biden’s approval rating has fallen to 39%, fueling independent mid-election observers’ expectations that the Democratic Party is on course to suffer losses in Tuesday’s election.

And the opinion poll, conducted over two days, showed American support for Biden’s performance down one notch, nearing the lowest level he had seen during his tenure.

With his dwindling popularity, Biden has avoided fighting in hotly contested states, and his dwindling popularity has made him an unwelcome guest in the most competitive races.

As congressional elections begin, Biden warns of Republican victory, and Trump speaks of important announcement |  news
Trump hinted at wanting to return to the White House (Reuters)

Republicans are closer to victory

Biden’s decline in popularity is fueling expectations that Republicans will gain control of the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate as well.

Bipartisan observers expect Republicans to get nearly 25 more seats in the 435-seat House of Representatives, more than enough to win a majority, and they also expect to get the only seat they need to take control of the House to win the Senate.

Anticipating victory, Trump hinted that he might run for president again and said at a rally in support of Republican candidates in Ohio that he would make a major announcement at his Florida resort a week after the election.

Republicans are also fighting in several states, particularly in swing states, to nullify thousands of absentee ballots, knowing it is in Democrats’ interests after an Arizona court ruled to stop manual counting of early votes in one of the counties to prevent, contrary to the wishes of Republicans.

Republican plans

It’s worth noting that one house control of both houses of Congress is enough to give Republicans the power to block Biden’s legislative agenda.

If the Republicans win the House or Senate, it would thwart Biden’s efforts to make abortion rights and other welfare benefits congressional Democrats’ priorities, and it would open the door to Republican-led investigations that would damage the White House.

A Republican-led Senate could also block Biden’s nominations for judge or administrative posts.

And if Republicans win a majority in the House of Representatives, they plan to use the federal debt ceiling as leverage to demand deep spending cuts.

They will also seek to make Trump’s 2017 individual tax cuts permanent and protect the corporate tax cuts that Democrats have unsuccessfully attempted for the past two years.

Control of Congress would also give Republicans the power to block aid to Ukraine, but they would slow or restrict the flow of arms and economic aid to Kyiv rather than stop it.

Referendum on the President

Republicans and Democrats will compete for 35 Senate seats in Tuesday’s election, in addition to all 435 seats in the House of Representatives.

These elections are typically seen as a referendum on the country’s president, whose party tends to lose seats in Congress, especially when his approval rating is below 50 percent, as in Biden’s case.

In a notable move, Twitter’s new owner, billionaire Elon Musk, called on voters across the United States to back the Republican candidates.

Meanwhile, Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman close to President Vladimir Putin, admitted he interfered and will interfere in the US election, saying that Russia is trying to influence the results.

Prigogine is subject to US and European sanctions and has been accused for several years of interfering in US elections, most notably the 2016 presidential election that brought Trump to power.

About 40 million Americans are casting their ballots early knowing the polls will open on Tuesday.


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