US Midterm Elections 2022: Republicans might take control of U.S. House of Representatives

The voting for the US Senate election has been completed across the country, and now people are eagerly waiting for the results as the officials are busy counting votes. This election is set to decide 435 members of the House of Representatives and 35 out of the total 100 seats for the Senate. Along with this, gubernatorial elections for a total of 39 seats (36 states, 3 territories) were also held. Earlier, the republicans were expected to win and take control over the U.S. House of Representatives. But as the results of the elections are coming out, it seems like the easy win for Republicans is not the case anymore. 

It was believed that Biden’s administration and the Democrats will get swept away by the red wave of Republicans. The early outcomes of the US midterm elections showed Republicans flipping five seats for Democrats. This was the desired outcome for Republicans as they only require five seats to acquire to rule out Biden and Democrats’ control in the U.S. House of Representatives. But as the events progressed further, the Democrats seemed to get control of the situation to give Republicans a challenge. The initial results of the election showed that the Democrats will surely avoid the clean wipeout, as many had previously thought. Although the early results are indicating that the Democrats will not be experiencing a clear wipeout, it also does not ensure that the Democrats will be victorious in any way. Republicans still only need to have a minor majority in the US midterm elections to restrict Joe Biden and his legislative agenda. It will also allow the Republicans to attack Biden by launching legal investigations against him and his entire family as Biden did with ex-president Donald Trump. 

The senate elections have still not produced clear results in many states across the country. In states such as Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, and Arizona, the race for the seat of the Senate is extremely competitive. Regarding the gubernatorial elections for 36 state seats, the first win came from Florida for current Governor Ron DeSantis, who is a member of the Republican party. Ron DeSantis defeated Charlie Crist, a member of the Democratic party. It is said that the final results will take a significant amount of time. According to the U.S. Election Project, this year’s midterm elections broke the record set in the 2018 US midterm elections. In 2018, the US midterm elections saw 39.1 million voters in total, and in 2022, more than 42 million people voted, exceeding the numbers by over three million voters. 

Biden’s win in current elections seems almost impossible, as the Democrats are struggling in states where they would have won easily if it was 2020. Virginia is one such state where the Democrats should have won easily, but the Democratic Party’s representative Elaine Luria is behind the Republican Party’s representative Jennifer Kiggans by almost 10% in the 2nd congressional district. And it seems as if this will be the case for the Democrats as almost 90% of the votes have been counted. Only the final results will tell which party in the country will be running the U.S. House of Representatives, which will significantly affect the 2024’s Presidential elections, especially when Trump has hinted at the launch of his Presidential campaign for 2024.