The key battles in the US to define the control of the Lower House

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Experts take a close look at the development of the results in some districts that can define the struggle for power in the US Congress

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The key battles in the US to define the control of the Lower House

The sun rises over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., on November 9, 2022. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Republicans were one step away from a majority short in the lower house of Congress but they have been left without the “red wave” they dreamed of in the mid-term elections, in which Joe Biden's Democrats exceeded expectations in a very polarized.

It was a disappointing night for Donald Trump, who had a spectacular result that would boost a possible candidacy to reconquer the White House in 2024, after promising that on November 15 “he will make a big announcement.”

In these elections&nbsp ;Midterms, which often slap the party in power, renew the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate seats, as well as numerous governorships and local offices.

All eyes are on the lower house. Although the Republicans had a red wave, with a difference of 10, 25 or even 35 seats, and have had to be content with a handful, they seem on track to recover a majority of this 435-member chamber for the first time since 2018< /b>.

Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who was one of the optimists and even predicted 60 more seats, put a brave face on bad weather . “It is clear that we are going to recover the Chamber”, he said.

On the West Coast, where polls closed late into Tuesday night, results were still coming in, and a handful of close races on the East Coast were also too close to make a final decision, according to The Associated Press. and an analysis by The New York Times.

The key battles in the US to define the control of the Lower House

Alex Erby fills out his ballot as he votes at a polling station inside Grace Bible Fellowship Church during the 2022 midterm elections in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. November 8, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar

In California, the state that most elects representatives to the lower house, the candidacies of Republicans David Valadao and Mike Garcia are at stake< /b>. Both have an advantage over their Democratic rivals for the moment, but there are still many votes to be counted, The New York Times reported. In addition, Democrat Katie Porter is fighting to defend her seats.

The state of Colorado could surprise the Democrats, where candidate Adama Frisch retains a slight lead over her rival, Republican Lauren Boebert.

Furthermore, in Maryland the Democrats are in a fierce fight to win the seat in that state, where the Democrat David Trone is very close to the Republican Neil Parrott.

Also, other Democratic candidates are in contention in districts with a clear conservative tendency and where it is not yet possible to predict who will be the winner. Such are the cases of Democrats Dina Titus and Susie Lee in Nevada, Kim Schrier in Washington, Susan Wild in Pennsylvania, Jahana Hayes in Connecticut, and Jared Golden in Maine.

Lastly, in Alaska, experts are following the fight closely. There, Democrat Mary Peltola leads a quarter of the votes to be counted.

On the other hand, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, described this Wednesday the mid-term elections as “good day for democracy” after the vote went smoothly despite years of accusations of voter fraud by some Republicans.

Our democracy has been put to the test in recent years, but with their votes the American people have spoken and shown once again that democracy is who we are,” he said.

In addition, Biden called for political unity this Wednesday after the midterm elections and called for an end to the “endless political war.”

“I am prepared to work with my fellow Republicans,” he said. “America's future is too bright to get caught up in endless political warfare,” he asserted.