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US Midterm Election highlights: White House optimistic though both races too close to call

US Midterm Election highlights: White House optimistic though both races too close to call

US Midterm Election highlights: White House optimistic though both races too close to call
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US midterm elections highlights: Senate incumbents including Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and senior Republican John Thune won re-election in Tuesday's US midterm elections, on a day Republicans were expected to wrest control of Congress away from President Joe Biden's Democrats. Thirty-five Senate seats and all 435 House of Representatives seats are on the ballot. Republicans are widely favoured to pick up the five seats they need to take over the House, but control of the Senate could come down to tight races in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, and Arizona. Three dozen governors' races are at stake as well; Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, defeated Democratic Representative Charlie Crist, Edison Research projected. The final outcome, particularly control of the 50-50 Senate, is unlikely to be known any time soon. Democrats currently control that chamber through Vice President Kamala Harris' tie-breaking vote. More than 46 million Americans voted ahead of Election Day, either by mail or in person, according to data from the US Election Project, and state election officials caution that counting those ballots will take time. The Georgia race could end up in a December 6 runoff to determine which party holds the Senate.

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That's it for the moment for us. Ballots are still being counted, and it could some time yet before we see a definitive result from the US midterm elections. Thank you for following the action with us today. We will pick up as soon as the action does. Till then, we bid you adieu. 

Former Trump aide says former US Prez should not run in 2024

Former Trump aide Sarah Matthews says the way 2022 Election Night went indicates that Donald Trump is costing Republicans winnable seats, reports CNN. In the walkup to midterm elections, the Republicans had hoped that they would have clear majority in the House of Representatives on Election Night.

However, as of Wednesday morning, the results are still coming and the control of Congress still hangs in the balance.

"I think last night was the biggest indicator that Donald Trump should not be the Republican nominee in 2024. He cost Republicans winnable seats by boosting poor quality candidates," said Matthews, former deputy White House press secretary under President Trump," she said.

Where do the remaining five Senate races stand? Here's what CNN tells us

  • Arizona: With 67% of votes in, the incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly is ahead of Republican Blake Masters by 107,883 votes.
  • Georgia: With 96% of votes in, the incumbent Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnockleads Republican Herschel Walker by 18,043 votes. 
  • Nevada: With 80% of votes in, Republican Adam Laxalt is ahead of incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto by 22,595 votes.
  • Wisconsin: With 94% of votes in, the incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson leads Mandela Barnes, a Democrat, by 32,879 votes. 
  • Alaska: With 67% of votes in, Kelly Tshibaka, a Republican, leads the incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, also a Republican, by 3,196 votes.

Georgia Senate race down to the wire — headed for a runoff on December 6

The stock market wavers as midterm results remain unclear, reports NYT

According to The New York Times, stocks slipped on Wednesday morning, as investors reacted to results from the U.S. midterm elections which featured high-profile victories for both parties, as overall control of the House and Senate remained uncertain.

Futures on the S&P 500 fell 0.2 percent in premarket trading on Wednesday, after posting small gains late on Tuesday which coincided with early Republican victories after the markets closed. The benchmark stock index eked out a 0.6 percent gain during regular trading hours on Tuesday.

Donald Trump's unfavourables at 58%: CNN

Former US President Donald Trump, who is widely expected to announce a bid for the White House in 2024 on November 15, has a 58 percent disapproval rating, as per a poll cited by CNN.

Will Biden buck a 60-year trend?

Not since John F Kennedy in 1960 has a sitting US President managed to hold on to one or both houses of the US Congress in the midterm elections. If The Democrats manage to hold on to their lead, Joe Biden might well make history.

Joe Biden optimistic that Democrats have avoided purge: CNN

CNN, quoting White House sources, reports that US President Joe Biden is breathing easy now that he believes the Democrats have avoided the shellacking many pundits expected them to receive in the midterms.

Democrats outperforming expectations: US Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Counting all votes in Navada could take several days: NYT

As per The New York Times, overwhelmed election officials in Nevada say that they have been flooded by thousands of mail-in ballots, and that it may take several days to count the votes and upload results.

Republicans continue to claim victory: CNN

After Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, US Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has declared victory for the GOP. It must be noted here that, as per CNN, both parties are locked 48-48 in the 100-member Senate. 

35% of Floridian voters don't want Donald Trump to run for presidency in 2024: CNN

CNN reports that 35 percent of voters in Florida — where Donald Trump resides — do not want the former president to run for the White House in 2024. This, as per CNN, bodes well for Florida Governor Ron deSantis' prospects of bagging the Republican nomination for 2024.

Republicans flipped 9 Democrat seats in House race: CNN

Acccording to CNN, the Republicans picked up 9 seats in the House of Representatives that were held by the Democrats in the previous term, while the Democrats flipped three Republican seats. It's 198-178 in favour of the GOP right now. The Majority mark is 218 in the 435-member house. 

According to The New York Times, the Democrats are expected to win in the Pennsylvania and Arizona Senate seats, while the Republicans are projected to bag Wisconsin. The races in Georgia and Nevada are still too close to call, and could determine the fate the of the Senate for the next two years. As per the NYT, It's 48-47 in favour of the Democrats, while the CNN has them deadlocked at 48 each. 

CNN Projection: Democratic Representative Chris Pappas will win reelection in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, keeping the swing seat in Democratic hands by defeating Karoline Leavitt, who worked as a press aide to former President Donald Trump 

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