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Joe Biden looked set to retain control of the Senate on Saturday and Republicans to strip him of a majority in the House of Representatives. But all eyes were already on 2024 with the likely announcement on Tuesday of Donald Trump's candidacy for the White House.
The announced victory of incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly in Arizona on Friday means the Senate is currently tied 49-49, with two seats remaining to be decided, in Nevada and Georgia, four days after the US midterm elections. p>
The Democrats only need to win one to keep control of the upper house, since they will be able to use the vote of Vice President Kamala Harris to break the ties, as provided for in the Constitution.
In his victory speech, astronaut Mark Kelly on Saturday called on his opponent to turn the page. “We have seen what happens when leaders refuse to accept the truth and focus on conspiracy theories of the past rather than solving the challenges we face today,” he added.
His opponent Blake Masters, who had received strong support from Donald Trump, has still not conceded defeat.
Stung by this setback in Arizona, which adds to other failures of his foals, the former president once again shouted “electoral fraud” refusing to admit the verdict of the polls, as he has done since his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
As for the House of Representatives, the Republicans seemed on their way to regaining the majority of the seats, which will complicate the continuation of the mandate of President Joe Biden.
But their victory promises to be much shorter than announced. The NBC News channel projected a frail majority of five seats for the Republicans on Saturday morning with 220 elected against 215 for the Democrats.
Nearly 20 polls have still not given their verdict, however, mainly in California.
Buoyed by high inflation, Republicans have long believed they have a avenue to regain both chambers in this traditionally difficult election for the ruling party.
Their disappointing results are raising unrest among their elected officials in Congress, auguring possible settling of scores.
In a letter revealed by Politico, several Trumpist senators ask to postpone the vote to elect their leader to the Senate planned next week, appearing to challenge tenor Mitch McConnell who wants to be reappointed.
“We are all disappointed that a + red wave + (the color of their party, nldr) has not materialized, and there are several reasons for this”, they write, wishing to open a debate on this subject.
Everyone already has the 2024 presidential election in mind, with the prospect of seeing former President Donald Trump announce his candidacy in just three days from his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
“President Trump will announce on Tuesday that he is running for president. And it will be a very professional, very neat announcement,” confirmed his adviser Jason Miller on Friday, removing all suspense.
Donald Trump's candidacy will be his third for the White House. Even if his influence on the Republican Party remains undeniable, he emerged weakened from the mid-term elections and seems to want to act quickly to pull the rug out from under the feet of his rivals.
Among them is the governor of Florida Ron DeSantis, triumphantly re-elected and new star of the hard right.
His success has not escaped the billionaire, who this week chained stings and mockery against the one he nicknamed “Ron-la -Morale”.
And, coincidence of the calendar or not, Tuesday will also be the day of the release of the memoirs of another possible competitor of Donald Trump, his former vice-president Mike Pence.
The 2024 election could be a remake of that of 2020: his then opponent, current Democratic President Joe Biden, reaffirmed this week his “intention” to run for a second term. But he was careful to postpone any final decision until next year.