US elections. First settlements
Democrat Maura Healey wins the race for Massachusetts Governorate and Republican Senator Rand Paul wins Kentucky. The 25-year-old gun-restriction activist Maxwell Alejandro Frost of Florida will be the first Gen Z representative in Congress, AP reported. In the US, votes are being counted after the mid-term election.
Republicans Todd Young of Indiana and Tim Scott of South Carolina will defend their re-election, while outgoing Senator Peter Welch wins in Vermont, Edison Research reported, based on partial election results. These were the first races in which unofficial decisions were made. All three were clear favorites in their duels.
Democrat Maura Healey wins the race for the governorate of Massachusetts – she will be the first openly homosexual female governor in the US, though she may not be the only one. In Oregon, another Democrat, Tina Kotek, is applying for the same position.
In turn, in Maryland, the first black governor will be Democrat Wes Moore. The 44-year-old is a relatively unknown writer and activist, currently considered one of the rising stars in the party. According to the PA, Chris Van Hollen, Democrat Senator, will also be re-elected in Maryland.
The chairman of the parliamentary team for Poland, Chris Smith, will again get the mandate of the congressman. The politician has been exercising his mandate since 1981.
Generation Z representative in the House of Representatives
The 25-year-old gun restriction activist Maxwell Alejandro Frost will win a seat in the Florida House of Representatives, becoming the first Gen Z representative in Congress (born after 1995).
Frost is the former leader of the student organization “March for Our Lives,” founded in response to the Parkland High School massacre, Florida. The Democratic candidate will become one of the youngest congressmen in history.
Chuck Schumer referred to as New York Senator
Democratic majority leader in the Senate Chuck Schumer will be re-elected senator from the state of New York, the AP agency said, relying on the partial results of Tuesday’s election.
The AP also envisages the re-election of Republican Senators John Thune in South Dakota, John Hoeven in North Dakota and Jerry Moran in Kansas. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut will be re-elected on the Democratic side.
Rand Paul wins Kentucky
Republican Senator Rand Paul, who has been in office since 2010, was the clear favorite against Charles Booker in conservative Kentucky.
The Republican senator opposed any of the three packages of measures for Ukraine passed by Congress. He was also known for his criticism of NATO and as the greatest opponent of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the public face of the fight against the US pandemic.
The head of the Polish team will remain in Congress
The longest-serving Congresswoman, Democrat Marcy Kaptur, defended her mandate in Ohio by defeating another politician of Polish origin, Republican JR Majewski, the AP agency reported. Kaptur is the co-chair of the parliamentary team for Poland.
Magie Hassan won with a retired general
Democrat Senator Maggie Hassan defeated Republican candidate retired US Army general Don Bolduc, the PA said, citing partial election results. The race in New Hampshire was to be one of the key battles for control of the Senate.
Democrat new governor of Pennsylvania
Democrat Josh Shapiro will become the new governor of the key state of Pennsylvania, decisively defeating Republican businessman and demonstrator at the Capitol on January 6, Doug Mastriano, AP reports.
The democratic governors of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer and Wisconsin Tony Evers, who also faced the backed Donald Trump candidates. In another major state, Georgia, the Trump-distant Republican governor Brian Kemp will also retain power.
In New York, Democratic governor Kathy Hochul will also win re-election, despite polls predicting a surprisingly close duel with Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin.
In Texas, in turn, Republican governor Greg Abbott, mentioned among the party’s potential presidential candidates in 2024, will maintain his position.
In Minnesota, Democrat Tim Walz will retain his position, who will defeat Scott Jensen, a doctor who is known for skepticism about vaccines.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump has voiced his outrage on social media over the failure of tabulation machines in Arizona. – They say the machines don’t work. They say they are running out of paper, he said in a video posted on his Truth Social website. “It’s very, very unfair what is happening,” he added.
According to authorities, the problem was with machines in about 20 percent of the polling stations in the largest county in the state. At the same time, the representatives assured that the failure of the machines did not prevent the vote from being cast.
Trump suggested that this might be a deliberate measure against Republican voters, who mostly vote in venues rather than by correspondence. The former president also expressed doubts on Tuesday over the course of the vote in Pennsylvania and Detroit, Michigan.
“The situation with correspondence votes in Detroit is very bad. People come to the venues only to hear, ‘sorry, you already voted’. Protest, protest, protest!” – he wrote. Local authorities strongly denied that such situations occurred.
Inflation and abortion as factors motivating voters
According to a poll exit poll Edison Research for CNN and other media published before the closing of the first polling stations, 32 percent of respondents cited high inflation (8.2 percent) as the main driver of their vote, and 27 percent for abortion. Crime and gun rights policies came in third with 12 percent.
As many as 75 percent of respondents assessed the situation in the country as bad, and the same percentage assessed it badly US economy. About 70 percent also believe that democracy in the US is under threat. 45 percent of respondents said they supported President Biden, compared with 54 percent who were critical of him.
Of the voters questioned, 35 percent described themselves as Republicans, 34 as Democrats and 31 as independent. As many as 70 percent of the respondents are people over 45, while only 10 are voters from the youngest age group 18-29.
Traditionally, exit polls do not predict election results, but indicate voters’ sentiment.
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