Midterm elections, it’s official: the Republicans win the majority in the House

from Viviana Mazza

218 seats reached, but the margin of advantage over the Dems is extremely small. Here’s what will happen

New York – The Republican Party won the 218 seats needed for the majority in the House: an extremely small majority (Republicans should eventually win between 218 and 223 seats out of a total of 435, according to projections), but enough to block the legislative agenda of the president of the United States for the next two years and open investigations on Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Some lawmakers want his impeachment, but he would still run aground in the Senate, which Democrats retain control of. It is the result of last midterm electionsin which the possibility of a Republican red wave had been foreseen, which did not materialize despite inflation, the low approval rating of the president, the fact that several districts had been redesigned (gerrymandering) to their advantage and despite the historic advantage enjoyed by the opposition party in the mid-term vote. Democrats managed to defend even extremely tight seats in moderate and suburban districts, from Virginia to Minnesota to Kansas.

Despite the fact that the party has placed much of the blame on Donald Trump and the candidates he supports, the former president announced Tuesday night his bid for the Republican nomination for the White House. He stated that Americans have not yet felt the gravity of our nation’s suffering and that in a couple of years they will realize it and vote differently. Biden acknowledged the opposition’s victory in a statement: Last week’s election demonstrated the strength and resilience of American democracy. There was a strong rejection of election deniers, political violence and intimidation. It was a statement of empathy, indicating that the will of the people prevails in America. I commend Leader McCarthy on winning a majority in the House and look forward to working with Republican lawmakers to bring results to working-class families.

Such a small minority will make life more difficult even for Republican leaders. McCarthy, who has obtained the nomination to become Speaker of the House, will have to work to receive the support of the majority of the 435 members of the House on January 3rd. In his own party there are many members aligned with Trump who have questioned his role and set conditions for their support. There are many newly elected deputies who have denied the legitimacy of the results of the 2020 presidential election. During the election campaign, Republicans promised to cut taxes, build the Wall on the border with Mexico and McCarthy himself has declared that there will no longer be a blank check to Ukraine. Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was re-elected yesterday after defeating Republican Senator Rick Scott, the first challenge to his role in 15 years. Already during the midterm elections, the two Republicans had clashed over the strategy to follow. Scott said he was unhappy with the status quo and then, in his role as Senate campaign manager, promoted issues such as the need for cuts in welfare benefits (something for which the White House attacked the party). Instead, McConnell wanted the midterm election to be simply a referendum on Biden. The victory of the Republicans in the House will also imply a choice for Nancy Pelosi. She will no longer be leader of the Democratic majority: will she decide to stay in the seat in which she was reconfirmed in San Francisco and which she has occupied for 35 years? Will I continue to lead the Democrats now that they are the minority or not? Her spokesman has denied that she has any interest in the embassy in Rome.

November 17, 2022 (change November 17, 2022 | 06:10)

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Midterm elections, it’s official: the Republicans win the majority in the House

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