Biden’s agenda is on the line, as racy midterm elections don’t immediately reveal control of Congress.

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – The 2022 midterm elections – nationally framed as a struggle between voters more interested in high inflation or eroding abortion rights – Democrats and Republicans are still wondering late Tuesday (November 8) who will take control Take control of the energy congress for the next two years.

With several major races still undecided late into the evening, officials from both major parties acknowledged that the picture could remain murky for several days. And some of the fiercest races are likely to face legal challenges in an age of hyperpartisanship.

Across the county, political stars from both parties scored some notable victories.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the likely 2024 presidential candidate, easily won re-election in the Sunshine State. With 97 percent of the precincts, DeSantis beat Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, 59.5 – 39.8 percent.

What surprised political observers most was DeSantis’ strong performance in Miami-Dade County’s traditional Democratic stronghold, turning against Crest by a 55-45 percent margin. DeSantis’ victory there encouraged Republicans to turn Florida all red before the 2024 presidential race.

The closely watched Pennsylvania Senate race between Democrat Jon Fetterman and Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz remained very close to being called at 11pm Cairo time. With 77 percent of the vote, Vettermann narrowly led by 49.5-48.1 percent.

In Georgia, things were closer in the main race for the US Senate. Current Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and former soccer star Herschel Walker, who was endorsed by Donald Trump with 49 percent each, tied with 86 percent of the vote. Democrat Stacy Abrams was four percentage points ahead of Warnock in her race for governor, trailing the race. Current Republican Brian Kemp 54-45.3 percent.

Wisconsin was too close to call, with Republican Ron Johnson leading Democratic challenger Mandela Barnes, 51.5-48.5, with 83 percent of the vote counted.

Other notable Republicans to win re-election include Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who defeated former police chief and Democratic Congressman Val Demings by a margin of 57.8-41.1 with 97 percent of the vote. Republican Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Todd Young of Indiana were also re-elected.

Trump-backed author J.D. Vance was declared the winner of a crucial US Senate race in Ohio, beating Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan by a margin of 53.5-46.5 with 94 percent of the vote counted. The balance of power in the US Senate was between 46 and 46 with eight races to be determined and elections still open in Arizona, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii.

Republican governors who remained in office included Mike DeWine of Ohio, 75-year-old Henry McMaster of South Carolina, and Greg Abbott of Texas (who led Beto O’Rourke, with 56-43 percent, with 71 percent of the sounds).

Trump’s former press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was expected to become the next Arkansas governor. But Democrats Wes Moore and Maura Healey turned the governor’s mansions blue in Maryland and Massachusetts, respectively.

Biden spent election night in the White House, monitoring the results with advisers. White House press secretary Karen Jean-Pierre said Biden will address the nation Wednesday about the results, even if they are still incomplete.

Biden began his campaign in recent weeks, warning of extremist threats to American democracy and trying to promote the achievements of the first two years of his administration, which included progress against the Corona virus pandemic and the passage of a massive infrastructure bill. White House officials have at times appeared frustrated as messages about his accomplishments struggle to penetrate the most pressing headlines about inflation and rising gas prices.

But intra-party bickering between the party’s progressive wing in the House of Representatives and moderate-leaning senators like Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Sinema of Arizona has left Democrats looking ineffective or conflicted over the past two years with slim majorities.

If Republicans win control of Congress, Biden’s allies prepare for battles over preserving government funding and meeting its fiscal obligations, maintaining support for Ukraine and protecting the president’s signature legislative achievements from repeal efforts. Republican victories may also lead to the entry of a group of Republican candidates that Biden has described as threats to democracy for his refusal to recognize the results of the 2020 presidential race, limiting potential avenues for cooperation and exposing new challenges ahead of the 2024 presidential race.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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