Election season has returned to the United States, just two years after Joe Biden was elected to the White House.
Midterm elections, which take place every four years, have begun to select the candidates who will run for office across the country on November 8th, which falls halfway through a president’s term.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening in the primaries ahead of the general election in the fall.
Who is up for reelection?
535 members of Congress serve the interests of the American people in the legislative branch of government.
The Senate and the House of Representatives are the two branches of the United States federal government. Laws are made by combining the efforts of both.
In the upper house of Congress, there is a 100-member Senate. Two delegates are sent from each US state, regardless of its size. Six-year mandates are the norm for these senators. A third of the Senate is elected every two years.
The House of Representatives (often known as “the House”) consists of 435 members. Each serves a two-year term and represents a certain district in their state. There will be elections for every position.
Amount on the line.
All members of Congress are currently affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties.
Both chambers of Congress are controlled by the Democrats, but only by narrow margins.
Since this has been in place, Democrat President Biden has been able to accomplish more.
With both houses of Congress held by Republicans, they will be able to block President Obama’s ambitions.
The GOP needs to pick up five additional seats to retake the House of Representatives in November.
In the Senate, where both parties now hold equal numbers of seats, the situation is much tenser. The Democrats currently hold sway because Vice President Kamala Harris has the power to break a deadlock.
To take back control of the House in November, the Republicans must pick up one more seat.
Between May and September, state and local primaries will be held around the country to select the candidates who will run in the general election on behalf of each political party.
President Biden’s future is in jeopardy.
Biden still needs the support of every Democrat in Congress to pass any legislation, and that is not always enough.
“Build Back Better,” President Obama’s proposed $1 trillion in social and environmental programs, has been thwarted by conservative Democrats, not Republicans.
It will be significantly more difficult for the president to introduce new legislation in the wake of his crushing setback in the midterm elections.
Several Republicans have also expressed an interest in investigating the Biden administration.
Hunter Biden, the president’s son whose international dealings have been tainted by scandal, might be the subject of a wide-ranging probe.
Since January 6th’s rioting in front of the United States Capitol, we have lost trust in each other.
These differences have been exacerbated by public health measures, such as mask rules.
Split control of Washington will likely result in a higher level of anger and drama.
What happens after that, you ask?
All eyes will be on the 2024 presidential election after the midterm elections are over.
Both Presidents Biden and Trump have stated that they intended to run for reelection in 2020.
However, several first-time contestants are also anticipated to enter the fray.
Additionally, 36 of the 50 state governors are up for reelection on November 8th, in addition to the congressional elections. Republicans make up 20 of the 36 people.
Governors play a major role in presidential campaigns, lending their support to their party’s candidates and supervising the elections in their states.
The presidential campaigns in 2023 and 2024 might be significantly impacted by a divided Washington and a new crop of governors.