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Biden, Trump Vie for Control of Congress in the US Midterm Elections

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President Biden’s Democrats face an uphill battle to retain control of Congress at the midterm elections. Public Domain

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump made their last-minute pleas to voters in New York and Florida ahead of the midterm elections on Tuesday.

Biden spoke at a rally in New York on Sunday to support Governor Kathy Hochul, who is being challenged by Trump-backed Republican candidate Lee Zeldin.

He called the election “an inflection point” that will determine the next twenty years. He told voters that they are choosing between two “fundamentally different visions of America.”

Biden also stressed that there will be no more oil drilling under his watch.

Trump was in Miami where he spoke for over an hour, hammering Democrats for leading the country toward “communism.” “Democrats want to turn America into communist Cuba or socialist Venezuela,” the former President said.

“To every Hispanic American in Florida and across the land, we welcome you with open open arms to our [Republican] party,” he continued.

Trump also continued to hint that he may run for president again in 2024, telling voters to “stay tuned” for his rally on Monday in Ohio.

Democrats face battle to retain control of Congress at Midterm elections

Biden’s Democrats are facing an enormous battle to retain control of Congress as polls show most Americans are anxious about the economy and feel the country is on the wrong track.

Democrats were putting a brave face on their prospects with all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, a third of the 100-member Senate, and a number of state positions up for election.

Of the thirty-five Senate seats up for election, twenty-one are held by Republicans and fourteen by Democrats. As Republicans are defending more seats, forecasts give Democrats a better chance to hold the Senate than the House.

“The party in the White House usually loses during midterms but the reality is we still have a very strong pathway, not just to keeping the Senate but really picking up seats,” New Jersey’s Cory Booker told ABC on Sunday.

Voter participation during midterm elections is typically low, though some experts say that there could be heavy turnout this year. But the question of who actually heads to the polls will also be critical, as races in key swing states tighten.

Young voters are much less likely to vote during midterms than older people, as opposed to their higher turnouts during presidential elections, American University government scholar Jan Leighley wrote. Young voters are also more likely to identify as Democrats.

“So if younger voters are underrepresented in the November 2022 elections, more Republicans may be elected, as well as candidates less likely to reflect younger citizens’ views on key issues,” Leighley wrote.

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