The US midterms elections are now inching closer to their final results. And despite several exit polls predicting that Joe Biden's Democratic Party will lose badly, they did much better than everyone's expectations.
Here is what we know now about the results: Even though Donald Trump and the Republicans thought they would bring some form of 'red wave' and wrest control of both the Houses of Congress (their parliament), they seem to have minimal gains.
How? The Republican Party on Thursday remained close to winning enough seats to gain a majority in the House, but the control of the Senate remained up for grabs. Either party could secure a Senate majority with wins in both Nevada and Arizona - where the races were too early to call.
What are the US midterm elections?
Why is it so important? Midterms are elections that come in between the tenure of a ruling president for the United States. These polls will also decide the future of Joe Biden's Presidency (in 2024). Midterms actually act like a report card for the president, in this case, Joe Biden, as it comes directly in between the four years of Biden's tenure. The way a party win or lose in this election shows the amount of satisfaction or distrust the general public has for the president and the policies that he/she has proposed in the two years.
Who made history? Out of the results that were out, America saw some firsts and unexpected wins. Here are a few of them:
The attorney general becomes the state's first woman governor as well as its first openly gay candidate elected to the office.
Maryland, last night you showed that if we stand divided, we cannot win—but if we stand united, we cannot lose.— Wes Moore for Maryland Governor (@iamwesmoore) November 9, 2022
I am humbled and ready to be your next governor. pic.twitter.com/wK8D8Z1h61
Wes Moore becomes the state's first Black governor after defeating a Republican candidate which was endorsed by Donald Trump.
Maryland, tonight you showed the nation what a small but mighty state can do when democracy is on the ballot.— Aruna Miller (@arunamiller) November 9, 2022
You chose unity over division, expanding rights over restricting rights, hope over fear.
You chose Wes Moore and me to be your next Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
Aruna Miller becomes the first Indian-American politician to win the race of Lieutenant Governor (highest official after the governor) in the state.
BREAKING: I’m deeply honored to be elected Governor of the State of New York. pic.twitter.com/74NRknL0XM— Kathy Hochul (@KathyHochul) November 9, 2022
Kathy becomes the first woman elected governor. She however took the office last year, after former governor Andrew Cuomo resigned from his job.
✅ Hydro Flask— Maxwell Alejandro Frost (@MaxwellFrostFL) November 9, 2022
✅ Glasses cause I barely slept and my eyes were too dry for contacts
✅ Brekkie Sandwich
✅ Won my election last night
It’s a good morning. pic.twitter.com/xAf7YUcrAf
Maxwell, 25, becomes the first member of Gen Z to win a House seat from Orlando, Florida.
Thank you Arkansas!— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) November 10, 2022
It's a tremendous honor to be your Governor-elect and I will not let you down. pic.twitter.com/l5gz5HT5xf
Sarah becomes the first woman to serve as the governor of Arkansas.
Why it is good news for Biden even though he is losing seats? Even though Biden seems to be losing in the house of representatives, it is generally, not new for the President's party to lose mid-term elections. In fact, till now only seven presidents have actually gained seats in history.
Preliminary results show Democratic Party candidates dramatically outperformed these historical trends, making this the best performance for the President's party since 1950.
Meanwhile, Republican Party candidates that were backed by Donald Trump underperformed significantly.
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