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Better understand | All about the midterm elections in the United States



The red wave so hoped for by the Republicans will probably not happen. To better understand what is happening in our southern neighbours, here are chronicles, articles and videos to enlighten you.

What you need to know

  • The Republican wave did not break as expected;
  • As of 1:25 p.m., control of the Senate and House of Representatives is yet to be determined;
  • For a majority in the Senate, 51 seats are needed. For the House of Representatives, 218 are needed;
  • Democrat John Fetterman of Pennsylvania won the Senate race against Republican star Dr. Mehmet Oz;
  • According to the Fivethirtyeight website, as of 1:25 p.m., Democrats hold 48 Senate seats, as do Republicans;
  • As for the House of Representatives, Democrats held 194 seats, Republicans held 210.

A look at eight key states

If Democrats and Republicans were neck and neck in the Senate, Republicans were on their way to taking control of the House of Representatives. Our journalists paint the portrait of States where the fight remains tight.

In video: The re-election of Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis

In video: Maura Healey, Massachusetts’ first lesbian Democratic governor

No red wave on the horizon

Despite American voters’ frustrations with the economy and inflation, Republicans failed to ride the red wave they had confidently heralded ahead of the midterm elections.

No American Carnage

“It’s a bloodbath!” That’s how Donald Trump’s eldest son described the midterm election results on Twitter around 8 p.m. Tuesday night. It is unknown in which parallel world Junior lives.

As of this writing Tuesday, it was clear that Republicans were making gains in the House of Representatives. Nothing very surprising. Polls had predicted the Grand Old Party was on course to regain control of the lower house of the US Congress, whose 435 seats were at stake on Tuesday.

On the other hand, the fate of the Senate seemed very uncertain. By midnight, the two parties were nearly tied as the vote count continued.

Difficult, in these circumstances, to speak of a carnage, a “bloodbath” or even a republican wave.

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