The former presidents are the protagonists of the main acts. Both believe that much more is at stake in Tuesday's elections than control of Parliament
The former president Barack Obama with the governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, and her vice, Garlin Gilchrist, during an event in Detroit, Michigan, as part of his tour to support the Democratic candidates. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)
In early October, Donald TrumpHe welcomed a handful of Republican allies to his Manhattan tower to give them an urgent message: they are going to want to steal the midterm elections from us, and we have to confront them to stop this. Especially in Pennsylvania and Georgia. Trump has been obsessed with those two states since the 2020 presidential elections because he believes that it was there that the Democrats “rigged” the results and “stole” his re-election.
The meeting was attended by his former officials such as the close Michael Caputo, several lawyers from the most expensive law firms on the planet and even CIA agent Sam Faddis, who put together an intelligence team to monitor the process. Many other “hawks” have joined and today there are dozens of teams of lawyers and spies working in at least ten states to make sure their candidates win by hook or by crook.
In order to confront them, in addition to lawyers, the Democrats brought to the court what continues to be their most convening figure, former President Barack Obama. He spent the week touring the states where his party's candidates are most committed. And he repeated that “there is no place for voter intimidation or political violence in America, whether directed at Democrats or Republicans… There is no place, period.” President Joe Bidenhe propped it up during his own appearances. “You can't love your country only when you win,” Biden said in his speech at Washington's Union Station, warning that candidates who refuse to accept next Tuesday's results could put the nation on a “path towards chaos.”
Former President Donald Trump during an act in Texas with the lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, in the city of Robstown in that state. (REUTERS/Go Nakamura)
And it is that on Tuesday 8 the control of Congress and some key governments will be settled. At stake are the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, a third of the Senate (35 out of 100) and the governorships of 36 states, in of which there are five –Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona– highly disputed and that in the last elections passed from Republican hands to Democrats. It is in these states where Trump and his supporters of MAGA (Make America Great Again) put the spotlight. Also where Obama went out to confront them.
Trumpist Republicans are preparing for an aggressive campaign through the media and networks in all scenarios in which the vote is disputed and on election night it is difficult to declare a clear winner. To do what Trump himself did when the result of the 2020 presidential elections was still far from being defined: “Frankly, we have won these elections”, he told the global press and all his followers believed him .
In Pennsylvania, Trump supports Mehmet Ozas a candidate for the Senate and this Saturday he will be at a campaign event in the city of Latrobe. A risky move for Oz who in recent days tried to detach himself from Trump's accusations of fraud. It may be a point for Democrats who have been trying to turn the Senate battle into a referendum on Trump. Oz wanted to project a moderate image in his race against Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman , but will also be on stage gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano who is an ardent Trump supporter. In this senatorial race, Trump sees a possible rehearsal for a close election with him as the presidential candidate in 2024.
Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016 and then lost it to Biden in 2020 by more than 80,000 votes, and if the two candidates meet again in 2024, it could very well be the state that determines who will be the next president.
President Joe Biden raises the hands of candidate for Congress, Val Demings, and for governor, Charlie Crist, at a campaign event in Miami Gardens, Florida. (REUTERS/Marco Bello)
Biden and Obama will also be at events in Pennsylvania this Saturday. The president has already visited that state nine times so far this year. They understand that it is there where one of the transcendental contests to see who dominates the Senate and how the forces in Washington will be constituted in the next two years. For now, the polls show a tie between Oz and Fetterman. The gubernatorial thing would seem to be on the Democratic side. While several million people have already voted in Philadelphia and the large communities of the state and a record turnout is expected on Tuesday.
Obama not only attends the acts, but recorded in the last days over twenty TV spots for Democrats and party campaign committees, with several more being advertised for these three days to go. “This is going to be a very close race, and we can't afford to be wrong,” Obama said in an ad endorsing Cheri Beasley, the Democratic candidate for Senate in North Carolina. Obama was last Friday in Atlanta where he had an exceptional call. Democratic Rep. Nikema Williams, who is also chair of the Georgia Democratic Party, said the former president “has a unique ability to motivate and defend Democrats. Many people here call him their president of all time”.
Georgia was key in 2020, Joe Biden won the electoral votes that secured him the presidency and the Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnockthey won the two elections to the Senate and assured the majority in the Legislative to the Democrats. On November 8, Raphael Warbnok faces former American football player Herschel Walker, a pupil of Donald Trump. The election remains close, but Walker, who declares himself “pro-life” and defends conservative values, was accused in recent days by two women of forcing them to have an abortion after getting them pregnant. The gubernatorial race between Democratic candidate Stacy Abrams and incumbent Governor Brian KempIt is another highly watched race, taking into account the media weight of Abrams, who did not recognize the results of the last election when he lost by 55,000 votes. If she wins this time, Stacy Abrams would be the first African-American woman in the history of the United States to be governor of a state.
The candidate for Senator and former football star Herschel Walker during a campaign rally in Americus, Georgia. He is one of Trump's favorites. (REUTERS/Cheney Orr).
In Georgia, it is feared that Trumpism is going to judicialize the gubernatorial vote to stop Abrams in any way. And that is the same thing that is happening in all battleground states. More than 100 candidates for the midterm elections are linked to extremist organizations in the United States, according to the Anti-Defamination League's Center on Extremism. And a Washington Post study showed that 200 Republican candidates fervently believe that Trump was robbed of the election two years ago and that they, too, are now going to be victims of the fraud. The Congressional Investigation Committee and mathematics have proven that all this is a lie. Biden legitimately won the election without question.
“We have our differences of opinion and that is what is supposed to happen, but something else is at stake: democracy itself. I'm not the only one who sees it. Recent polls have shown that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that our democracy is at risk that our democracy is under threat,” Biden warned in a significant speech from Washington. And he attacked the preamble of the Constitution and the electoral situation: “We, the people, must decide if we will have fair and free elections and if every vote counts. We, the people, must decide if we are going to sustain a republic, where reality is accepted, the law is obeyed and your vote is truly sacred. We the people must decide if the rule of law prevails or if dark forces with a thirst for power are allowed to get ahead of the principles that have guided us for a long time”.< /p>
Trump's close ally and leader of the Senate Republicans, Mitch McConnell, responded on Twitter: “President Biden is desperate to change the subject of inflation, crime and open borders . He now affirms that democracy only works if he wins his party. What nonsense. Americans don't believe it. Ask yourselves how the last two years have affected his family, and then get out and vote.”
A baby watches her father voting early in the midterm elections at a Columbus, Ohio facility. (REUTERS/Gaelen Morse)
In the middle, a very worrying fact emerged, the Wisconsin State Policerepresented by the so-called Fraternal Order gave its full support to the 13 Republican candidates in the state. It is not something exceptional, for decades the police have expressed their preferences in some states about candidates who could be “stronger advocates of law enforcement”. But in general they are nonpartisan and balanced. Wisconsin police officers now believe that only Republicans will be firm on security issues and even support several candidates who lived through the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2020 despite the fact that a police officer was killed there and several others were killed. wounded.
It is in this climate of confrontation and clashes that these elections are held that are marked more by the past than by what is to come, with a former retired president, a billionaire who wants to return at all costs and a 79-year-old president with low approval as the main figures of the campaign.