Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy ran even though it remains unclear whether his party would control the House
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Kevin McCarthy (REUTERS/Tom Brenner)
Representative Kevin McCarthy, California Republican and so far House minority leader, announced his candidacy for president on Wednesday even before it became clear his party would control the chamber, The New York Times reported.
As the dream of the great red tide dissipated, Republicans were making strenuous efforts, state by state, to compete for power among themselves, in addition to breaking the Democratic partisan monopoly in Washington, in a close battle for control of Congress and the future of President Joe Biden's bills.
On Wednesday, narrow Democratic majorities in the House and Senate remained at risk. The party was facing a new generation of Republican candidates, among whom some deniers of the 2020 election result and extremists inspired by Donald Trump won seats.
But the races remained close, and Republicans faced stiff competition from across the country that dashed their hopes of the landslide victory they had promised, especially in the House. Instead, it was inching toward what appeared to be a very narrow majority Congress.
“The RED TIDE did not happen,” tweeted the defeated Republican legislator Mayra Flores, from Texas.
In a letter to fellow Republicans, McCarthy formally announced his candidacy, expressing confidence that the party would win control of the House, even with several competitive contests that could determine the still-undecided majority: “I trust you know that winning the majority it's just the beginning. Now, we will be measured by what we do with our majority.”
It was the first major national election since the attack on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, and nerves were running high. skin. The violent attack on the husband of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosilast week sparked widespread stupor, with federal law enforcement warning of mounting threats across the country. Biden's party was trying to maintain its minimal advantage.
On Wednesday, the narrow Democratic majorities in the House House and Senate remained at risk (REUTERS/Tom Brenner)
Even with a slim majority, Republicans could bring a new intensity to Capitol Hill with promises to rein in Biden's more ambitious plans, narrow legislative oversight and launch lengthy investigations, including impeaching the president.
“We're expanding this game,” McCarthy said in announcing the races won so far. “The American people want a new majority to get the country back on track.”
But the mood was tense in the face of the Democratic unexpected takeover of places Republicans had hoped to win.
“Although many races are too close to determine a winner, it is clear that Democratic lawmakers and candidates are far exceeding expectations,” Pelosi said in a statement. “As states continue to calculate final results, every vote cast must be counted.”
At stake were 435 seats in the House and < b>a third of the Senate. If Republican freshmen help the party take control of the lower house and possibly the upper house, the result will spell new challenges for Congress's ability to govern, especially if the margins are slim.
In the race for the camera, Virginia set an example. Republican state senator and former Navy pilot Jen Kiggans defeated Democratic representative Elaine Luria, a former naval officer who had highlighted her work on the legislative commission investigating the January 6 insurrection.
But in another Virginia district that Republicans expected to win, Democrat Abigail Spanbergerdefeated Yesli Vega, Trump's candidate. And Democrats held seats in Rhode Island, Ohio, Kansas, and New Hampshire that Republicans were running for, taking some districts from them, including a suburb in Illinois.
Yet Republicans they won some of the five seats needed to reach the minimum majority of 218.
They won a district in Nashville, Tennessee, which was a Democratic stronghold. And in a dramatic example of the difficult political environment facing Democrats, legislative campaign manager Sean Patrick Maloney was fighting for his political life against state legislator Mike Lawler. in the Hudson Valley in New York. He would be the first Democratic campaign manager to be defeated in 20 years.
The Senate races were still undecided. Republican J.D. Vance, venture capitalist and author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” defeated Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan by a deserted bench in Ohio. In New Hampshire, Trump's self-styled Republican Don Bolduc failed to defeat Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan.
The count continues in Phoenix, Arizona (REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)
In the Senate, where the forces are even, the main battlefields were Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Wisconsin. In Pennsylvania, Democrat John Fetterman snatched a seat from Republicans that is crucial to the party's hopes of maintaining control of the Senate. Democrats control the 50-50 split upper house because Vice President Kamala Harris has the tiebreaking vote.
Historically, bipartisan negotiations have been possible in divided governments, but Republican candidates campaigned on promises to rein in Democrats. They promised cuts to the federal budget, refused to raise the nation's debt limit and wavered in helping Ukraine in the war with Russia. Everything points to a potential impasse.
McCarthy has recruited the most racially diverse brood in history, with a large number of women, but there is also a group of Trump loyalists, skeptics and deniers, some of whom were hanging around the Capitol on January 6.
Trump backed hundreds of candidates throughout the country, who were not in all cases the favorites of McCarthy and the head of the senatorial bloc Mitch McConnell. The former president said in an interview that he supported McCarthy for the presidency of the chamber and called his old adversary McConnell a “terrible leader”, according to the Fox channel..
The election took place in the midst of deep unease. About seven in 10 Americans disapprove of the job of Congress, according to AP VoteCast, a broad survey of 90,000 voters nationwide. About four in 10 strongly disapprove.
The recount can drag on for days in many states, and in Georgia there could be a runoff on December 6 if no candidate wins a majority.
Democrats gained momentum on the abortion issue after the Supreme Court struck down the ruling Roe v. Wade, and have warned voters about the intentions of the right-wing MAGA, the acronym for Trump's slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
Republicans chose to focus on issues such as inflated prices and crime.
(With information from AP)