Biden’ Sigh of Relief’ as Party Avoids ‘Giant Red WAVE’

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Biden breathes easy following better-than-expected outcomes. The US President has conveyed relief after Democrats stave off major Republican gains in the midterm elections.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., addresses the media in Navy Yard on losing the NY-17 seat to Mike Lawler, on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. [Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images]

Biden Lauds Better-Than-Expected Midterm Election Results

Republicans are gaining control of the House of Representatives, although Mr. Biden acknowledged that a “giant red tsunami” did not transpire on Tuesday night.

Either party could still win the Senate, tied to three seats too close to call.

The ruling party, now the Democrats, typically endure defeats in a president’s first midterm elections.

Republican strategists had hoped for sweeping gains, given that inflation is at a 40-year high and Mr. Biden’s approval ratings are relatively low.

However, exit poll data suggests that voters may have penalized Republicans for their attempts to limit abortion access.

Speaking at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Biden said the preliminary results had given him a “sigh of relief.”

“I think it was a terrific day for democracy,” he remarked.

He said his hope had been vindicated, and he criticized the media, which projected massive Democratic losses.

Mr. Biden announced his intention to run for re-election in 2024, buoyed by a better-than-expected night. “Our intention has always been to run again,” Mr. Biden, who turns 80 this month, told reporters.

Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman arrives for an election night party at StageAE on November 9, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Fetterman defeated Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz. [Jeff Swensen/Getty Images]

Republican House Control

Meanwhile, Republicans were closing in on the 218 seats required to seize control of the House from Democrats.

If Republicans take control of either chamber of Congress, they can impede the president’s objectives. The White House is likewise bracing for congressional inquiries of the Biden administration.

Mr. Biden stated that he was willing to cooperate with Republicans and that he would arrange bipartisan meetings next week.

However, the president stated that Republican-led investigations would be viewed as “almost comical” by the American people.

The Senate will be controlled by whichever party wins two of the three remaining contests in Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada.

According to CBS News, Arizona’s Senate contest favors Democrats, while Nevada is a toss-up.

Georgia’s Senate race between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker must be decided in a run-off next month. Neither contender received the necessary 50% of the vote to win outright.

One of the Republicans’ most treasured midterm victories was defeating House Democratic Campaign Chief Sean Patrick Maloney of New York.

The night’s biggest win for Democrats was flipping a US Senate seat in Pennsylvania.

John Fetterman, recovering from a stroke, defeated Republican Mehmet Oz, a political newbie and star doctor.

Mr. Oz was backed by former President Donald Trump, who some observers blame for the Republicans’ disappointing night.

The underwhelming results have even cast doubt on the timing of Mr. Trump’s widely anticipated announcement of a White House return attempt in 2024. Instead, he had pledged to make a statement next week.

However, one of his aides, Stephen Miller, told the conservative news network Newsmax that Mr. Trump should wait until the Georgia run-off is decided.

Former US President Donald Trump speaks to the media while departing a polling station after voting in the US midterm elections at Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center in Palm Beach, Florida, on November 8, 2022. [EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP/Getty Images]

Trump disappointed

Mr. Trump’s endorsements of over 300 candidates yielded mixed results.

Candidates he chose for open Senate seats in Ohio and North Carolina were elected.

Other candidates Mr. Trump hand-picked for governorships in Michigan and Pennsylvania failed.

Mr. Trump conceded on social media that the election results were “somewhat disappointing.”

However, he emphasized that “from my own standpoint, it was a very big victory.”

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