Ahead of the US presidential election in 2024 come the midterm elections. This is a crucial moment in Joe Biden‘s term in office, as citizens choose how seats in both the Senate and the House of Representatives will be apportioned.
In addition, in 2022 they elect 36 governors of the 50 states.
Why it’s called a midterm election
This Tuesday, November 8, Americans are called to the polls, not only to decide the direction of government, but to decide on issues such as abortion, marijuana, taxes and even the electoral system.
They are called mid-term because they take place in the middle of the president-elect’s four-year term.
How the chambers are distributed in the United States?
Since Joe Biden and the Democratic Party won in 2020, the Senate is divided between 50 Democratic and 50 Republican representatives.
But Kamala Harris, the vice-chairwoman, has the deciding vote in the event of a tie vote. In the House of Representatives, on the other hand, there is no such problem. Although the advantage is slim, the Democrats have 220 representatives to the Republicans’ 212.
What is decided in the midterm elections and what could happen?
In the midterm elections, 35 of the 100 Senate seats will be up for re-election, with candidates serving a maximum of six years. In the House of Representatives, on the other hand, all 435 seats are up for renewal.
This will undoubtedly be a crucial moment in Biden‘s mandate, as a swing to the right in both chambers could greatly complicate the remaining two years and the Democrats’ initiatives until 2024.
Thus, from 19:00 and 20:00 the polls will close on the east and west coasts respectively, thus beginning the countdown to find out the direction of the United States.
Originally posted 2022-11-08 15:32:54.