Ron DeSantis clearly won against his Democratic challenger. He is also considered a possible presidential candidate for the 2024 election.
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Midterms determine how Republicans and Democrats are distributed in Congress. Before the election, they feared a red wave, but it didn’t happen. Instead, the two sides are at war with each other. If the Republicans were in the majority, it would have a significant impact on the politics of US President Joe Biden (79) – but everything is still open.
It remains exciting in many states. As the votes continue to be tallied, some Democrats and Republicans already have reason to celebrate. Blick shows the past winners – and losers – of US midterms.
Ron DeSantis – The Next Presidential Candidate?
One of the big winners of the 2022 Midterms is Republican Ron DeSantis, 44. The Florida governor is offering a similar hard line to former President Donald Trump, 76. He won the election overwhelmingly against his Democratic challenger Charlie Crist (66). Experts interpret his strong performance as a clear sign of Trump’s rejection. His re-election could give DeSantis momentum to run for president in 2024.
John Fetterman – Sensational
In Pennsylvania, Democrat John Fetterman (53) won over Republican Mehmet Oz (62) and secured his seat in the Senate. Fettermann steals seat from Republicans, big surprise. Fetterman is particularly striking because of his appearance. The six-foot-tall behemoth with a bald head, tattoos and a sweatshirt was considered an unusual candidate, but he sat down against Oz, who has become famous as a TV doctor.
Maura Healey – openly lesbian
For the first time in Massachusetts history, a woman is elected governor. Openly lesbian Democrat Maura Healey, 51, won 63.2 percent of the vote, successfully defeating Republican Geoff Diehl. The state in the north-east of the USA has been run by the moderate Republican Charlie Baker, who did not run for another term. Healey is the former Attorney General for Massachusetts.
JD Vance – Best Selling Author
In Ohio, Republican Senate candidate and best-selling author JD Vance, 38, and Democrat Tim Ryan, 49, are running against each other. According to American television stations, financial investor and bestselling author Vance (“Hillbilly Elegy”), supported by ex-president Donald Trump, won over Ryan. Broadcasters ABC and NBC saw Vance on Wednesday after tallying more than 85 percent of the vote at about 54 percent.
Maxwell Frost – Gen Z representative
Democrat Maxwell Frost, 25, won 56 percent of the vote in his Florida district, making him the youngest member of Congress. He is also officially considered the first representative of the younger “Generation Z”. In an interview with CNN, Frost announced that he wanted to do something special for the needs of “his” generation.
Markwayne Mullin – Cherokee
Republican Markwayne Mullin (45) wins the Senate seat for his district in Oklahoma, clearly defeating his competitor Kendra Horn (46). It is the first time in 20 years that an indigenous person from the Cherokee Nation has served in the Senate. In his constituency, Mullin was enthusiastic after the election.
Donald Trump – Big Loser
Ex-president Donald Trump (76) is clearly the biggest loser in the run-off election. Republicans fared significantly worse than expected, and many of the candidates he personally supported lost elections to Democratic rivals. Trump also received a slap from within the party for the sensational performance of his competitor, Ron DeSantis. His re-election could give DeSantis momentum to run for president in 2024. Trump is so upset about the election results that he should “yell at everybody.”
Foreign reporter Schumacher: “Disappointment is particularly high among Trump supporters”(03:17)
Kevin McCarthy – Must be shaking
As of 2 a.m. local time Wednesday, the House Republican minority leader was still confident. “When I wake up tomorrow, we Republicans will win the election and win back the house,” announced Kevin McCarthy, 57. Only: it turned out differently.
There was no majority in either the House of Representatives or the Senate by Wednesday evening, with Republicans and Democrats fighting for every seat. Because of the poor results, the first Republican representatives have already announced that they will not elect Kevin McCarthy as the majority leader in the House of Representatives if they win. McCarthy’s political career is not over, but it has suffered at least a mild setback.
Beto O’Rourke – serial loser
Democratic representative Beto O’Rourke (50) ran for governor of Texas with high hopes. But instead of celebrating the victory, O’Rourke received a brutal smash. The Democrat received nearly a million fewer votes than re-elected incumbent Greg Abbott, 64. Defeat may not have been particularly unusual for O’Rourke, after all he has now lost three elections in a row. In 2018, he lost the Senate race to Ted Cruz, in 2020 he failed as a presidential candidate in the Democratic primary, so now it’s defeat number three.
Just a few years ago, O’Rourke was considered a rising Democratic star. He is unlikely to run again anytime soon. O’Rourke’s star has dimmed for now.