In the wake of a close 2022 election, it is still too early to predict who will hold the majority in the House and the Senate. And so far, this is what we do know.
A Democratic win in a crucial GOP-held state
In a pivotal Senate race, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman of the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania wins the election over Dr. Mehmet Oz of the Republican Party. As a result, the Republican Party’s strategy to take over the Senate and House of Representatives is severely damaged by the final result. With 94% of the votes cast, Fetterman defeated Oz with a margin of victory of 50.2% to 47.1%.
With the election of Fetterman, the Democratic Party won a crucial state previously occupied by the opposition party, replacing Senator Pat Toomey. Additionally, Donald Trump, a former president, suffered another defeat due to Fetterman’s victory because he had backed Oz strongly and campaigned alongside him in the run-up to the election.
“It’s official. I will be the next U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. We bet on the people of Pennsylvania – and you didn’t let us down. And I won’t let you down. Thank you,” Fetterman said in a Tweet.
“I’m so humbled. Thank you so much. We launched this campaign almost two years ago and had our slogan; it’s on every one of those signs right now — every county, every vote. And that’s exactly what happened. We jammed them up,” he added in a victory speech.
New York Republican representative concedes defeat
In the contest against Democrat Kathy Hochul for governor of New York, Republican challenger Lee Zeldin conceded. The Democrat now became the first woman governor in New York.
“This race was a once-in-a-generation campaign, with a very close margin in the bluest of blue states. However, our grassroots volunteers and supporters’ unrelenting passion and hard work made this incredibly close race possible and helped us win at least 49 of New York’s 62 counties,” Lee said.
He further advised the incoming governor to take note of New Yorkers becoming “sick of the attacks on their wallets, their safety, their freedoms and the quality of their kids’ education.”
Georgia Senate election headed for a December runoff
Considering how closely the candidates contested the race for the Senate seat, an election official in Georgia predicted a runoff. According to Gabriel Sterling, Senator Raphael Warnock of the Democratic Party did not have enough support to win. The number of votes cast is insufficient to give the Democratic candidate a majority of the vote, even though not all of them have been counted yet.
“By our internal estimates, we have less than 10,000 votes to go into the election reporting for the final counts. So there are not enough numbers out there to change the outcome of this race,” Sterling said.
Trump is at an election loss with a DeSantis win
Following a landslide win in Florida, Republican candidate for representative Ron DeSantis is now seated in the Senate. As a result, discussions about DeSantis possibly winning the Republican Party’s nomination for president for the 2024 election have begun. 99% of the votes were reported, and DeSantis received more than 59.4% of them, making him the likely front-runner for the party. As a result, Trump’s bid for president in 2024 may take a hit.
“I think if he runs, he could hurt himself very badly. I think the base would not like it – I don’t think it would be good for the party,” Trump said.
“We did not back down. So we had the conviction to guide us and the courage to lead. We made promises. And we made promises to the people of Florida, and we have delivered on those promises. And so today, after four years, the people have delivered their verdict,” DeSantis said.