July 22, 2024

Republicans projected to take control of the House of Representatives with very slim majority but the red wave failed to happen, leaving control of the senate hanging in the balance

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a news conference on the House steps of the U.S. Capitol on the House Republicans Commitment to America, on Thursday, September 29, 2022. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Republicans were projected on Wednesday morning to take control of the House of Representatives with a very slim majority but the much touted red wave that was predicted never happened.

As it stands, Republicans were projected to win just over 220 seats in the House of Representatives but in the Senate, several results were still too close to call to know who will control the highest chamber of Congress. At least 218 seats are needed to take control of the House and 51 seats are required to control the senate.

In Pennsylvania, John Fetterman flipped a key Republican-controlled senate seat, giving hope to Democrats that they may well retain control of the Senate with a very slim majority.

To control the Senate, it appeared on Wednesday morning that it will all come down to Georgia where Republican Herschel Walker and Democrat Raphael Warnock were still locked in a too-early-to-call Georgia Senate race.

Warnock was having a small lead but his lead was still below 50 percent, opening the door for a runoff election.

In the end, Democrats performed above expectations in the midterms and Republicans underperformed. The only state where a Republican victory was decisive was in Florida.

There, Republicans shellacked Democrats in statewide elections for governor and senator on Tuesday, with Ron DeSantis positioning himself to run for President in 2024, undermining former President Donald J. Trump.

In governorship races, Democrats did very well, retaining their seats in New York, Michigan, and elsewhere, and flipping a seat in Maryland where Democrat Wes Moore became the first Black governor in the state history and was projected to be the only Black governor in the United States at the moment. He will only become the third Black governor in U.S. history.

The big winner of the night seemed to be President Joseph R. Biden Jr. while former President Donald J. Trump is one of the biggest losers of the night with many of the candidates that he endorsed losing, except perhaps in Ohio where JD Vance won his senate race against Democrat Tim Ryan.

The party in power often loses seats in the midterms, especially in the first term of the new president, but President Biden’s party has performed very well and calls for him not to seek re-election may now be difficult to make.

This article will be updated.

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