US midterm elections: Americans to decide fate of Senate, Congress

35 Senate seats and all 435 House of Representatives seats are on the ballot, with Republicans favored to pick up the five seats needed to control the House.

By REUTERS

Voting and campaign signs are displayed during the 2022 US midterm elections, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US, November 8, 2022 (photo credit: REUTERS/QUINN GABLICKI)

Americans on Tuesday cast the final ballots in the US midterm elections that will determine whether Democrats lose control of Congress, and with it the ability to push forward on US President Joe Biden’s agenda in the next two years.

The party that controls the White House typically loses seats in midterm elections. Nonpartisan forecasts suggest Tuesday’s results will be no exception, as concerns about high inflation and crime outweigh the end of national abortion rights and the violent Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol in voters’ minds.

35 Senate seats and all 435 House of Representatives seats are on the ballot. Republicans are widely favored to pick up the five seats they need to control the House, while the Senate – currently split 50-50 with Democrats holding the tie-breaking vote – could come down to a quartet of toss-up races in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Arizona.

But even before the midterm elections were completed, the 2024 presidential election was taking shape. Former president Donald Trump on Monday night sent his strongest hint yet that he would be kicking off his third consecutive White House campaign soon, telling supporters in Ohio that he would be making a “big announcement” on Nov. 15. He did not specify what that would be, but he has been telegraphing plans to run again since shortly after losing his 2020 reelection bid to Biden.

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