The United States votes to renew its legislators and 36 governors in the mid-term elections

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The contest also serves as an advance measurement of forces between the president, Joe Biden, and the former president, Donald Trump, who actively participated in the campaign of their matches

The United States votes to renew its legislators and 36 governors in the mid-term elections

The polling stations will open at six or seven in the morning (local time) depending on the state (Europa Press/Arcihvo)

Americans vote this Tuesday in midterm electionsthat will define not only the 435 members of the House of Representatives, a third of the Senate and 36 governors, but also the political future of the country.

According to the tradition of the national elections in the United States, The polling stations will open at six or seven in the morning (local time) depending on the state, on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November.

In total, the entire House of Representatives, a third of the Senate and a series of governorships and local positions are at stake. There are also referendums on abortion rights in four states: California, Vermont, Kentucky and Michigan.

The United States votes to renew its legislators and 36 governors in the midterm elections

The United States votes in the midterm elections to elect legislators and 36 governors (EFE/JUSTIN LANE/Archive)

The contest also serves as an advance measurement of forces between the president, Joe Biden, and the former president, Donald Trump, who in the last hours of the campaign hinted at a possible candidacy for the 2024 presidential elections.

The Democratic president called on the country to “defend democracy” shortly before his Republican predecessor promised a “big announcement” next week, heralding a new aspiration to democracy. White House.

After a tough campaign focused on inflation, Republicans are confident they can strip Joe Biden of his majority in Congressthis 8th of November.

“If you want to end the destruction of our country and save the American dream, you must vote Republican tomorrow,” former President Donald Trump, ubiquitous in this campaign, said during a rally Monday night in Ohio. , one of the country's industrial strongholds.

The United States votes to renew its legislators and 36 governors in the midterm elections

Former President Donald Trump promised a "great ad" for next November 15 (REUTERS/Gaelen Morse)

Surrounded by a tide of red caps, the 76-year-old millionaire announced that he would make “a big announcement on Tuesday, November 15 in Mar -a-Lago”, his residence in Florida, aware that a victory for his lieutenants at the polls this Tuesday could offer him the ideal springboard for a candidacy in the 2024 presidential elections.

A referendum

Held two years after the presidential elections, these elections become a de facto referendum on the White House tenant.

The president's party is rarely spared the punishment vote. Until the end, Joe Biden's Democrats tried to attract the vote from the left and center by saying that the Republican opposition is a threat to democracy and social achievements, such as abortion rights.

“Our democracy is in danger”, declared the 79-year-old president during a final rally Monday night in Maryland, outside of Washington.

But the rise in prices – 8.2% on average – remains by far the main concern of Americans and Joe Biden's efforts to pose as “president of the middle class” do not seem to have worked fruits.

The United States votes to renew its legislators and 36 governors in the midterm elections

Biden called on Americans to defend democracy in the elections of half length. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

According to the most recent polls, the Republican opposition has a chance of winning at least 10 to 25 seats in the lower house, more than enough to have a majority.

There is less clarity about the fate that will befall the Senate, but the Republicans could get it too.

Losing control of both houses of Congress would have dire consequences for the Democratic president, who has so far said that “he has the intention” to present again in 2024, which would be a duel like the one in 2020.

On Monday night, the president claimed to be “optimistic” about the outcome of the vote, although he acknowledged that maintaining control of the House will be “difficult.”

As a sign of Americans' interest in these elections, more than 43 million of them had already voted on Monday night, by early vote or by mail.

The results of some of the closest matchups could take days to announce.

Tight Matchups

Specifically, the midterm elections are played in a handful of key states, the same as in the 2020 presidential.

The United States votes to renew its legislators and 36 governors in the midterm elections

The White House announced that the vote count for the elections in the US it could take days. (EFE/Alba Vigaray)

All the spotlights are on Pennsylvania, a former bastion of the steel industry, where the millionaire republican surgeon Mehmet Oz , supported by Donald Trump, is facing the former Democratic mayor of a small town, John Fetterman, for the most contested seat in the Senate.

Because the balance of power in the upper house, with immense power, very possibly depends on this seat.

As in 2020, Georgia < /b>also attracts attention. Democrat Raphael Warnock, the first black senator elected in this southern state with a strong segregationist past, is seeking re-election against Herschel Walker, a former African-American athlete, backed by the former president.

Arizona, Ohio, Nevada, Wisconsin and North Carolina are also the scene of battles between Democrats and Donald Trump's candidates, who swear absolute loyalty to the former occupant of the White House.

Some duels at the blow of hundreds of millions of dollars that made these mid-term elections the most expensive in the history of the United States.

(With information from AFP)

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