Legislative elections in the US: Joe Biden and Donald Trump close the campaign of their parties at election time

US President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul and other New York Democrats in Yonkers, New York, USA. November 6, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (Kevin Lamarque/)

An election year that unfolded against the backdrop of economic turbulence, the elimination of the federal right to abortion and widespread concerns about the future of democracy concludes with one last full day of campaigning in which the leaders of both parties will make urgent appeals to their supporters.

President Joe Biden He will rally Monday night in Maryland, where Democrats have one of their best chances to win back the governor’s seat from Republicans. The appearance fits with Biden’s closing campaign strategy of sticking largely to Democratic strongholds rather than going into more contested territory, where control of Congress may ultimately be decided.

his predecessor, Donald Trump will hold his final campaign rally in Ohio. That status holds special significance for the former president as he prepares another run for the White House because it was one of the first places he was able to demonstrate his enduring power among Republican voters. Trump’s endorsement of JD Vance was crucial in helping the author and venture capitalist — and former Trump critic — secure the GOP nomination for a Senate seat.

Trump, who at the beginning of the month advanced that “very, very, very likely” he was going to try to renew his mandate in 2024, could announce his candidacy this Monday, according to a growing rumor in the country.

At first it was speculated that he would take the step on November 14, just a week after the legislative elections on Tuesday, but media such as CNN they published today that he could take the plunge at the rally in Ohio.

With more than 41 million votes already cast, Monday’s focus will be on ensuring supporters meet early voting deadlines or make plans to show up in person on Tuesday. The results will have a powerful impact on the final two years of Biden’s presidency, shaping policy on everything from government spending to military support to Ukraine.

Former US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally prior to the midterm elections, in Miami, Florida, United States, on November 6, 2022 (REUTERS/Marco Bello)
Former United States President Donald Trump speaks during a rally prior to the midterm elections, in Miami, Florida, United States, on November 6, 2022 (REUTERS / Marco Bello) (MARCO BELLO /)

In the first national election since the violent uprising on January 6, the final days of the campaign focused on fundamental questions about the nation’s political values.

On a campaign trail in New York for Governor Kathy Hochul on Sunday, Biden said Republicans were willing to condone last year’s assault on Capitol Hill and that, after the recent attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, some in that party were “playing it down” or “making excuses.”

“There has never been a time in my career when we have glorified violence based on political preference,” the president said.

Meanwhile, at a Trump rally Sunday night in Miami, a reference to Nancy Pelosi prompted chants of “Lock her up!”, a stark reminder of the nation’s deep division.

Trump was campaigning for re-election for the Florida senator blond framebut also focused on his own political future.

The Miami event was not attended by the Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantiswho is seeking re-election against Democrat Charlie Crist and is widely considered Trump’s most fearsome contender if he, too, were to seek the Republican White House nomination.

DeSantis held separate events of his own Sunday in other parts of the state where he stuck to the centerpieces of his re-election campaign, including railing against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The governor’s counterpolitical programming avoided antagonizing Trump, thus missing out on the 2024 dueling events that could be in his and Trump’s near future.

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FILE PHOTO. A ‘vote here’ sign outside a polling station on the day of the 2020 United States presidential election in Arlington, Virginia, United States. November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay (HANNAH MCKAY/)

Trump said on Sunday that Florida “will be re-electing Ron DeSantis as its governor.” But he was more belligerent during a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, referring to the Florida governor as “Ron DeSanctimonious.”

It’s a rivalry that has been simmering for more than a year, as DeSantis has taken increasingly bold steps to boost his national profile and build a deep fundraising network, even as Trump remains unquestionably the most popular leader of the party.

In the meantime, for national Democrats, the focus is on their tight control of the House and Senatewhich could evaporate after Tuesday.

Voters may rebuke the party that controls the White House and Congress amid rising inflation, crime concerns and pessimism about the country’s direction. History suggests that the party in power will suffer considerable losses in the midterm elections.

Biden has argued that the nation’s very democracy is on the ballot, and the first lady went to Texas on Sunday to sound a similar alarm.

“There is a lot at stake in this election,” he said. Jill Biden In Houston. “We must raise our voices in defense of justice and democracy.”

A supporter hands out signs before Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro stops on tour
A supporter hands out signs before Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s stop on the “Big Fights Bus Tour” in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. November 4, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah Beier (Hannah Beier/)

Traveling in Chicago, Vice President Kamala Harris said: “These attacks on our democracy will not only directly impact the people of our country, but possibly the entire world.”

Trump has long falsely claimed that he lost the 2020 election solely because Democrats cheated and has even begun raising the possibility of voter fraud this year. Federal intelligence agencies are warning of the possibility of political violence by far-right extremists.

Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, called Democrats “inflation deniers,” trying to evade the anti-democratic label opponents give her party for rejecting the results of the free and fair 2020 presidential election simply because Trump lost them.

“If we take back the House of Representatives and the Senate, it is the American people who say to Joe Biden, we want him to work on our behalf and we want him to work with the opposition to solve the problems that we are dealing with,” McDaniel told CNN.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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