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US Mid-terms: Congress Up for Grabs

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Americans will today make a choice as to which political party gets to control the US Congress (the legislative arm of the US government).

All seats in the US House of Representatives, about a third of the Senate, and key state governorships are up for grabs in Tuesday's mid-term elections.

This mid-term elections for many are a continuation of the political chess game between President Joe Biden, a Democrat (D), and former President Donald Trump, a Republican (R). 

Democrats currently hold both the White House and a slight majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The Republican party championed by former president, Trump needs only five seats to flip the House and a single seat to take over the evenly divided Senate.

President Biden (D) himself is not on the ballot in today's election, but the midterms are often considered a referendum on a president's leadership.

At the same time, former president, Trump (R), who still strongly considers his loss in the 2020 general election as fraud, hopes a win for Republicans will bolster his popularity with voters, as he appears willing to contest again for the presidency come 2024.

A loss for Democrats on Tuesday could embolden murmurs within the party about the capacity of Biden, who turns 80 this month, to run for re-election in 2024.

A number of issues are on Americans' minds going into the elections, including inflation, abortion rights, gun laws, illegal immigration, and crime rates.


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