The Republican Senator Susan Collins she was re-elected yesterday in her home state of Maine, in the northeastern United States. His victory further reduced the chances of Democrats regaining a majority in the Senate and heralded four difficult years in Washington if Congress remains divided, no matter who wins the White House.
Collins, sometimes critical of the Republican president Donald Trump, proclaimed his victory Wednesday despite the fact that his Democratic rival, Sara Gideon, had emerged victorious in most polls after collecting a barrage of donations.
In Tuesday’s parliamentary elections, Democrats managed to maintain their majority in the House of Representatives, positioning Nancy Pelosi to continue as leader of this 435-seat chamber for two more years.
“I am very proud to be able to say that tonight – relatively early – we can say that we keep the Chamber“Said Pelosi, who in her role has become a nemesis for Trump.
In the Senate, Democrats snatched two seats from Republicans at press time, in Colorado and Arizona. But Republicans balanced the scales by defeating a Democratic senator in Alabamawhile preserving legislator seats that appeared to be under serious threat.
Controlling the Senate is vital in Washington politics, since the party with the majority bench chooses the laws that are voted on by the plenary session and the nominations suggested by the president for important positions are also confirmed there.
Republicans currently control the upper house with 53 seats out of a total of 100. Thirty-five seats were up for grabs Tuesday.
Democrats needed to unseat four Republicans if they wanted to win the majority, although if the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden managed to reach the White House, they would only need three new seats, since in case of a 50-50 balance the vice president exercises a decisive vote.
The opposition hoped to conquer several places from the Republicans that seemed vulnerable. But they received disappointing results in Iowa, Maine and South Carolina.
All his – meager – hopes were, until yesterday afternoon, in North Carolina and Georgia, in a scenario that, however, seemed unlikely.
“The Republican majority in the Senate will probably remain”, the political scientists of the University of Virginia predicted.
All I can say is that this has been overwhelming. I have never been challenged like this, and I have never received more support before (…)
Two great allies of Trump were re-elected: the leader of the Senate majority Mitch McConnell and the senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham (see box), who faced a tough race against African-American Jaime Harrison.
Graham became embroiled in controversy in recent weeks after he oversaw the nomination process of conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
The process generated outrage among Democrats, who claimed that the vacancy should be filled by the government resulting from the elections on Tuesday.
“All I can say is that this has been overwhelming. I have never been challenged like this, and I have never received more support before (…)Graham said.
There were high expectations for Harrison, as the polls predicted a very close race, after the Democrat managed to raise a record of donations for his campaign.
Rookie Iowa senator Joni Ernst, a close Trump ally that Democrats thought they could topple with an intense siege, also defended her seat despite polls. “We did it!”Ernst celebrated on Twitter.
Another hotly contested district was in North Carolina, where television networks had yet to declare a winner as of press time, but Republican Senator Thom Tillis proclaimed his victory with about 94 percent of the votes counted.
So there was little hope for Democrats in that state, as well as Georgia, where David Perdue led Democrat Jon Ossoff in 90 percent of the districts surveyed.
Until yesterday it was expected that if the Democrats won the seat in North Carolina and a seat in Georgia, they would take control of the Senate if Joe Biden was elected president (50 seats).
Republicans held up without a dent in other districts, including Kentucky, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won easily. In Texas and Montana they also had victories.
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Meanwhile, former Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper defeated current Republican senator Cory Gardner in your state. In Arizona, former American astronaut Mark Kelly defeated Republican senator and former pilot Martha McSally.
Women gain ground in the elections
The women who were candidates in Tuesday’s general election in the United States made new advances in numerous states, such as the southern one. New Mexico, where a trio of minority women were chosen for the House of Representatives.
The three women elected are Deb Haaland, a Democrat who in 2018 became one of the first two Native American women in Congress; Republican Yvette Herrell, also indigenous, and Democrat Teresa Leger Fernández, of Latin American roots.
On your side, Wyoming (Northwest) elected for the first time in its history a woman, Republican Cynthia Lummis, as a senator. As for the downtown Measures, Cori Bush she became the first African woman to represent that state in Congress. About the states of Delaware (east) and Vermont (Northeast), on Tuesday they elected two transgender women, Sarah McBride (Senate) and Taylor Small (House of Representatives).
EFE Y AFP