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US Midterm Elections in November: Inspiration for Democrats

Status: 08/26/2022 07:51 am

In about ten weeks, a new Congress and Senate will be re-elected in the United States. After a low poll, US President Biden and his Democrats can look to the midterms with more optimism.

By Claudia Sarre, ARD Studio Washington

“There are only 76 days until the congressional elections,” Joe Biden shouted at a campaign event in Maryland on Thursday evening. A few weeks ago, the President of the United States was more unlikable than ever. The charges are too old, too bad and not powerful enough. But his approval ratings are rising: around 41 percent, higher than they were in early June.

Claudia Sare
ARD Studio Washington

“We are making progress. Petrol prices have fallen and will continue to fall. I have signed the historic ‘De-Inflation Act’,” asserts the 79-year-old confidently.

Indeed, Biden and his fellow Democrats are on a good run right now — with inflation falling, gas prices falling and last but not least. Social and Climate Synthesis, which they were able to complete. Hopes are already spreading among Democrats that they can make some gains in the midterms.

Abortion laws are a campaign issue

A pound they want to invest in the election campaign is the issue of abortion. New York Congressman Pat Ryan told PBS that he won on exactly this issue: “I think that played a big role. The Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights struck a pillar of democracy. And liberties are now at risk, and people are saying this is not America.”

Even in traditionally conservative Kansas, voters recently voted not to eliminate abortion rights.

Republican candidates are trailing in the polls

Democrats’ confidence in the so-called midterms is fueled by relatively weak Republican candidates. Candidates backed by former President Donald Trump won Senate primaries in states like Ohio, Georgia and Arizona. In the polls, however, they often lag behind their Democratic rivals.

In Pennsylvania, for example, Democrat John Fetterman is significantly more likely to win a Senate seat than Trump nominee Mehmet Oz. Republicans are also aware of their candidates’ inferiority complex. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recently downplayed his party’s hopes of winning a Republican majority in the Senate:

I think it’s more likely to overturn the House than the Senate. Senate elections are different, they are national. It depends on the quality of the candidates.

Democrats are expected to lose control of the House of Representatives. But if they can retain their majority in the Senate, it will be at least a significant partial victory. However, Biden may not be able to carry out his ambitious plans – the president needs a majority in both chambers.