Washington — Millions of Americans head to election Tuesday as one of the most controversial and divisive campaign seasons in recent memory comes to a close, with control of Congress and important offices across the country at stake this year.,
It holds all 435 seats in the House as well as 35 Senate seats. Three dozen regimes hang in the balance, with hundreds racing to determine control of state legislatures.
The first voting in Indiana and Kentucky closes at 6 p.m. ET, and the final election closes in Alaska at 1 p.m. ET.
CBS News will provide live coverage of the midterm results on the CBS News streaming network throughout the night and morning, and on CBS stations from 8 to 11 p.m. State level election officials have warned that counting all votes will take time. , and that the delay in determining the winners of the race is part of the process of ensuring accurate calculations.
Leading up to Election Day, Republicans appeared to be in a solid position to take control of the House and challenge Democrats for control of the Senate.Gaining an estimated 15 seats in the lower house showed the GOP on track, but several factors will affect the final result.
Voters’ top concerns center around the economy and inflation, and Republicans are hoping that discontent over high consumer prices and economic headwinds will prompt voters to reject President Biden and the Democrats’ agenda.
Meanwhile, Democrats are hoping that strong turnout in their core constituencies, including younger voters, will be enough to stem the tide of GOP gains and maintain control of Congress.
Mr Biden, former President Barack Obama and candidate surrogates raged across the country to garner last-minute support for their favorite candidates.
Mr Biden spent the final weekend before election day in Philadelphia with Obama, stumping for Democrat John Fetterman, running for Senate, and Josh Shapiro, seeking governorship. He then went to Maryland on Monday to rally support for Governor Kathy Hochul in New York on Sunday and on the last full day of campaigning, where Democrat Wes Moore could make history as the state’s first black governor if he was victorious. .
During their appearances, both Biden and Obama insisted voters have fundamental rights on the ballot on Tuesday, and they warned that if Republicans are to win a majority in the House and Senate, Biden’s during the last two The policy agenda will be put on hold. year of his first term.
“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” Mr Biden told supporters in Philadelphia on Saturday. “It’s a different breed of cat.”
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump held rallies in support of Republican candidates in Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio, where he hinted at his political future on Monday night.
“Not to be detracted from yesterday’s very important, even crucial, election, and I will say in the strongest possible way that this is a nation-saving election … I will make a huge announcement in March on Tuesday, November 15th. I’m going to do-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida,” Trump said.