Yes, Donald Trump has lost the House of representatives. It has also strengthened its position in the Senate. There was no “blue wave”, but the u.s. president will have a margin of manoeuvre more limited during the second part of its mandate. What are the main lessons to be learned from the midterms of 2018.
More surprising: three days after the vote, the final results of the mid-term elections have always been expecting. Due to many postal votes still to count, and several votes, sometimes very tight or potentially tainted by irregularities. New accounts will have to also be organized in some States. Friday night, thirteen seats in the House of representatives, three in the Senate, and the two posts of governor were still undecided. Le Figaro made the point.
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• fraud Charges in Florida
in Florida, in the race for the Senate seat, republican governor Rick Scott has imposed in the face of the democrat Bill Nelson. Seeing the gap with his opponent be reduced to the counting of the last votes postal, the ally of Donald Trump has filed a legal action. He accuses the supervisors of election in the two counties did not comply with electoral laws. This approach is “driven by despair”, has blasted a spokesman for Bill Nelson. “The authorities are examining another big corruption scandal linked to the electoral fraud in the counties of Broward and Palm Beach”, tweeted Donald Trump, on Friday. In the evening, Scott went ahead of his opponent by only 0.2 point, or less than 15,000 votes. The threat of a recount in Florida recalls the developments spectacular occurring in some parts of that State during the presidential election of 2000. The process had been stopped by the supreme Court of the United States and George W. Bush had defeated democrat Al Gore by 537 votes and won the presidential election.
• The democrats refuse the defeat in Georgia
In Georgia, a duel was highly anticipated for the position of governor. The democrat Stacey Abrams, who is opposed to the republican ultra-conservative Brian Kemp, had the opportunity to become the first governor black of the history of the United States. But the candidate progressive lost against his opponent (48% versus 51%) and has refused to recognize the victory of his rival. The candidate denounces an “unbelievable number of irregularities” during the elections, such as the case of rejected ballots, or failures of voting machines. She also points out that thousands of ballots cast online or by power of attorney have not always been stripped. The unofficial election give an advance of more than 63,000 votes in favor of the republican. It therefore goes beyond the minimum score of 50% required by Georgian law to avoid a new vote. Accused by his opponents of a conflict of interest because of his status of secretary of the State of Georgia, enabling him to supervise the electoral process and voter registration, Kemp announced on Thursday that he resigned from his duties. And remains strongly supported by Donald Trump.
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• Possible reversal in Arizona
The republicans are already assured of a majority in the upper chamber of Congress in Washington. But the extent of their victory is at stake. In Arizona, democrat Kyrsten Sinema was opposed to the republican Martha McSally. Thursday evening, still several thousand ballots were to be counted. While the ally of Donald Trump was in the lead Wednesday, his opponent took the lead Friday. According to the latest counts by the secretary of State, less than 10,000 votes separated the two candidates Friday evening. Regardless of the final result, the victory will be historic: this State has never sent a female senator to Washington. First candidate in the Senate openly bisexual, Kyrsten Sinema has lived during his teenage years without water or electricity in an old service station. His opponent, Martha McSally is the first woman of the u.s. army to have piloted a fighter plane in combat. The outcome of this confrontation should not be known for several weeks.
• To a new count in Florida
It was one of the biggest duels of these mid-term elections. For the position of governor of Florida, republican Ron DeSantis, close to Donald Trump, played against the mayor, a democrat from Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum. The latter, often considered as the successor of Barack Obama, and supported by the former president, was defeated narrowly in the face of his opponent. In this State, the act requires that if less than 0.5 of a point separating the two finalists, a recount is automatically ordered. Friday, the two men were no longer separated by only 0.4 point. Since Wednesday, ahead of DeSantis is significantly reduced. A new calculation should take place shortly.