Here we are, a day before the Midterm Elections of 2022, so it is time to project the results, with trepidation about what is likely to happen tomorrow.
The odds are heavily in favor of the Republicans winning the House of Representatives, since they only need to gain five seats, so sadly, my projection is that they will gain about 20 seats, giving them an edge of about 15 seats–so a balance of about 232-203.
The Senate will remain Democratic in my estimate, with the following results:
Retention of presently held Democratic seats:
Mark Kelly, Arizona
Raphael Warnock, Georgia
Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire
However, the loss of Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada!
Open Seats Gained by Democrats:
Tim Ryan, Ohio
John Fetterman, Pennsylvania
Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin
The end result would be 52 Democrats and Independents and 48 Republicans!
In the Governorships, Democrats gain seats:
Wes Moore, Maryland
Maura Healey, Massachusetts
Beto O’Rourke, Texas
So we would end up with 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans as Governors of their states.
So the elections will be a mixed bag, with both Democrats and Republicans able to claim vindication.
Sadly, however, Florida will remain strongly Republican both for the US Senate and the Governorship.
The Midterm Elections of 2022 will be seen as a “Red Ripple”, with less of a repudiation of Joe Biden than it was for earlier Presidents who saw much greater losses!