Everything you need to know about the US midterm elections
Two years after the arrival of the American President Joe Biden Power to Power All eyes will be on Tuesday’s state elections after the outcome of one of the most contentious elections in the United States.
On November 8, voters will elect the seats in the Washington House of Representatives and nearly all local councils, as well as the governors of 36 of the 50 states.
These elections, organized two years before the presidential elections, become in effect a referendum on the president’s performance. In more than 160 years, the president’s party has rarely escaped this penalty vote, according to AFP.
Who is elected?
The president’s name will not be on the ballots this fall.
As every two years, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are in competition.
In the 100-seat Senate, each senator’s term is 6 years. Thus, on November 8th, more than a third of the members of the Council will be changed or renewed, ie 35 seats.
The newly elected members will begin their term of office on January 3, 2023.
Americans also elect a series of governors and a group of local officials who decide, among other things, their state’s policies on issues such as abortion and environmental regulations.
What do opinion polls say?
According to recent opinion polls, the Republican opposition has a chance of 10 or 25 additional seats in the House of Representatives, which is more than enough to secure a majority.
And while the polls are even grimmer for the Senate, it looks like Republicans are making headway there, too.
Although Joe Biden’s name is not on the ballots, many Americans consider this election to be a presidential referendum.
This vote also poses an important test for the political future ofdonald trumpwho threw himself into the election campaign by organizing many rallies across the country.
Joe Biden (file photo by AFP)
For these two men who are looking to run in the 2024 election, the outcome of the “midterm elections” could herald a repeat of the presidential election scene in 2020.
What are the challenges?
The impact of these elections will be crucial across the country.
For his part, Biden is urging Americans to give him a sufficient majority to circumvent parliamentary rules that currently prevent him from legalizing abortion across the country or banning firearms. In almost all of his speeches, he claimed that this election was an “election,” stressing that the future of abortion, firearms, and the health care system depended on the outcome of the vote.
Donald Trump (file photo by AFP)
In return, Republicans promise to wage a fierce fight against inflation, immigration and crime. Some of them also referred to Washington’s cut in aid to Ukraine.
Republican candidates have also promised to launch a series of parliamentary inquiries into Biden, his pandemic adviser Anthony Fauci and his Attorney General Merrick Garland if they get a majority. They plan to bury the work of the parliamentary committee investigating the attack on Congress by Trump supporters.