The Main Results after a night of firsts in the US Midterm Elections

 

With the majority of winners having been announced, the American political landscape has been laid out for the next two years; for both parties, it is a mixed bag.

As many predicted, the Democrats have gained control of the United States House of Representatives.

Although not all results have been announced the Democrats are expected to have gained over thirty seats, which puts them comfortably in control of the House, with Donald Trump calling the new house majority speaker Nancy Pelosi to congratulate her.

Across the US Capitol, Republicans have not just retained the Senate but look set to gain an extra seat. 

Whilst throughout the count, Democrats have gained 5 governorship positions, something that could rise when the remainder of the results are announced.

New Mexico, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan and Maine have all transferred their governorship into Democratic hands, a significant pickup.

Democrats will be disappointed however that Florida and Georgia remained in Republican hands.

In Florida, Ron DeSantis beat out Andrew Gillum by an exceptionally small margin, disappointing for the party given that DeSantis spent much of the campaign pandering to the right-wing, producing several ads that played towards white supremacists. In an infamous interview, DeSantis insinuated that Gillum was a monkey, whilst also releasing a Jim Crow-style advert that evidently aimed to rile up white supremacists against the African American Gillum.

In Georgia, the Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, who was running for the Governorship claimed victory. This is seen as a terrible result for democracy given that Kemp was found to be removing African Americans from voter rolls, as well as moving and removing polling places in certain districts, making it more difficult to cast a ballot in democratic leaning districts.

Outside of the governor races, results were mixed for both parties, with the GOP defeating several Democrats in the Senate. Democratic Senator Claire McKaskill was defeated by Josh Hawley, which all but guaranteed Republican control of the US upper house.

One of the most significant races of the night fell in the Republicans favour, with Ted Cruz defeating Beto O'Rourke in Texas. The state has been Republican for decades and O'Rourke made it into an extremely close race, still falling short of defeating Cruz.

In the House of Representatives, there were significant gains for the Democrats, particularly for progressives.

The United States now has its first two female Muslim representatives, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib both won their races, making history in the process.

The first female Native American has also been elected to the house. Deb Haaland is set to become the freshman representative from New Mexico, once again making history in what was the most diverse election in history. 

It is also now likely that the upcoming 116th Congress will become the most diverse in history, a significant moment for diversity in the country.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also become the youngest Congresswoman in US history. The New York representative is also set to be one of the most progressive members of the house, she was expected to win the 14th district and did so comfortably, promising to push for policies such as Medicare for all.

This election also saw the passing of many important ballot initiatives.

Florida has voted to allow former felons to vote, a significant move for around 1.5 million former felons in the nation.

Meanwhile, medicinal marijuana has been legalised in several states, whilst Gerrymandering has been outlawed in Michigan, with the state voting for electoral districts to be decided by an independent panel.

 

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