US midterms 2022 LIVE updates: President Joe Biden says polls are a test of American democracy
8th November 2022

Americans are deciding whether the Democrats under Biden can prevail for the next two years, or if path opens to Donald Trump and the Republicans to take back the presidency in 2024.

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US voters are deciding who should represent them in the midterm elections

Hello and welcome to our rolling coverage of the US midterms, which are being touted as a test of US democracy by some as well as a referendum on President Joe Biden’s first two years in office.

I’m Latika Bourke and I’ll be keeping you up to date with all the developments.

Let’s start with the basics.

US President Joe Biden campaigning in Pennsylvania.Credit:AP

Americans are deciding who will represent them in the House of Representatives, or the House, with all 435 two-year seats up for grabs.

Democrats currently control that chamber but their majority is slim. Republicans need just need to gain five seats (and lose none) to claim majority.

Of the Senate’s 100 seats, where incumbents serve six-year terms, 35 seats are being contested. Democrats also have majority of the Senate but only just. Vice President Kamala Harris has to use her tie-breaking vote in the event of a deadlock.

At the state level, the 36 governorship contests are also being closely watched, largely because of the overturning of Roe v Wade and abortion rights which will now be determined state-by-state.

What’s the vibe?

Republicans are confident of gaining back the House but less sure about doing the same in the Senate.

But it’s close and US politics is not only volatile, but as January 6, 2021 showed, also potentially violent.

So what’s at stake is far larger and the intelligence agencies have already warned that there could be further violence as the results come in.

If US President Joe Biden retains control of the House and Senate, and that’s a big ask as first-term President’s usually suffer in the midterms, then it’s a repudiation of Donald Trump and in particular, the former President’s false claim that he won the 2020 election.

But that will likely see a repeat of the election-denialism that’s grown and overtaken the Republican Party since Trump’s loss.

If Republicans make big gains then it breathes life back into Trump who told a rally in Ohio on Tuesday that he would be making “a big announcement” at Mar-a-Lago next Tuesday. This could be the day that Trump finally reveals whether he’s running again or not.

But he is the master of political tease so it could be something entirely else too.

US voters are deciding who should represent them in the midterm elections

Hello and welcome to our rolling coverage of the US midterms, which are being touted as a test of US democracy by some as well as a referendum on President Joe Biden’s first two years in office.

I’m Latika Bourke and I’ll be keeping you up to date with all the developments.

Let’s start with the basics.

US President Joe Biden campaigning in Pennsylvania.Credit:AP

Americans are deciding who will represent them in the House of Representatives, or the House, with all 435 two-year seats up for grabs.

Democrats currently control that chamber but their majority is slim. Republicans need just need to gain five seats (and lose none) to claim majority.

Of the Senate’s 100 seats, where incumbents serve six-year terms, 35 seats are being contested. Democrats also have majority of the Senate but only just. Vice President Kamala Harris has to use her tie-breaking vote in the event of a deadlock.

At the state level, the 36 governorship contests are also being closely watched, largely because of the overturning of Roe v Wade and abortion rights which will now be determined state-by-state.

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