US midterm elections point to major political change on the horizon – The Minnesota Republic
The highly anticipated midterm elections took place on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Many political commentators expected Republicans to take control of the House and Senate, but several key elections went to Democrats, preventing Republicans to take the Senate. As of November 16, 2022, Republicans are one seat away from claiming a majority in the House. There are eleven House races yet to be called, with Republicans currently holding 217 seats and needing 218 for a majority. Democrats currently hold 207 seats at home. Several home races in California are underway, as well as elections in Colorado and Maine.
The popular prediction that Republicans would take control of the Senate proved incorrect, with Democrats holding a 50-49 seat majority over Republicans. Democratic Senator Catherine Matso gained control of the Democrats after beating Republican Adam Laxalt. A seat remains to be determined as the race between Georgian candidates Republican Herschel Walker and Democrat Raphael Warnock requires a runoff on December 6. If Herschel is elected in the second round, the Senate will be split evenly 50-50 and Vice President Kamala Harris will be the deciding vote if the Senate is split on an issue.
There were several notable elections during this year’s midterm elections. First, the hotly contested and publicized Pennsylvania Senate race between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz, more widely known as Dr. Oz on his popular TV show. Fetterman, who was previously Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, has been criticized for trying to appeal to working-class Pennsylvania but neglected to disclose the fact that he went to Harvard, didn’t hold a job outside of politics and was financially supported by his parents well into his thirties. During a pre-election debate, Fetterman, who suffered a stroke in May 2022, struggled to answer questions throughout the debate. Pennsylvanians went for Fetterman on Oz 51% to 46.5%.
Another election that attracted a lot of attention was the three elections held in the southern Texas border counties of the Rio Grande Valley. The Valley, as it is commonly known, has been a constant stronghold for Democrats for many years, but this year that has changed. Monica De La Cruz, a single mother of two and small business owner, became the first Republican to represent Texas’ 15th congressional district. She is also the first South Texas Republican to serve a full term in Congress. De La Cruz received 80,869 votes to Vallejo’s 67,913. De La Cruz finished with 53.3% of the district vote. De La Cruz’s victory testifies to the political evolution of the Hispanic community. Democrats have taken control of the Hispanic community for many years, but it seems that control is slipping away as more and more Hispanics choose to vote Republican.
The last notable race in the election was the race for governors of Wisconsin. Democrats Tony Evers, the incumbent, took on Republican Tim Michels in a hard-fought race for Wisconsin, a state that tends to swing. Evers was able to secure the victory over Michels after securing votes from typically conservative Milwaukee suburbs. Evers won 1,368,664 votes or 51.2% of the total vote compared to Michels’ 1,268,204 votes or 47.8% of the total vote. Evers was the only victory for the Democrats in Wisconsin, however, as six Wisconsin Republicans were elected to the House against 2 Democrats. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson also narrowly won the Wisconsin Senate seat over Mandela Barnes. Johnson won 50.5% of the vote to Barnes’ 49.5%.
The midterm election results are indicative of a fierce future presidential election to come in 2024. As former President Trump announces his intention to pursue a presidential nomination, pressure is high for Democrats and Republicans to decide of the future of their party. .