The US midterm elections, to be held on November 8, 2022, will see voters choose all 435 members of the House of Representatives and 35 of the Senate’s 100 members, in addition to legions of state and local officials. Midterms are traditionally seen as a referendum on the president’s performance, and the Democratic party losing control of the two houses of Congress would undercut Joe Biden’s ability to pass legislation. However, a tougher policy towards China remains one of the rare area of bipartisan agreement in an increasingly divided Washington.
Joe Biden has much to be thankful for in the final days of 2022, and Raphael Warnock holding his Senate seat would solidify his gains. Donald Trump has endorsed Warnock’s opponent Herschel Walker and needs a victory as his control over the Republican Party looks to be waning.
Support for the former US president may be dwindling, but in an era when hostility is more important than coherent policy, we cannot assume this decline is irreversible.
US election results are unlikely to reassure Beijing, or a world facing economic and geopolitical instability; instead more tension and conflict looms between the two major powers.
To set the negotiating table at which Biden and Xi might sit, both sides must recognise that there’s no way back to the old bilateral relationship. China has stopped moving away from its authoritarian past, while the US is about to be a country where election deniers may prevail in the midterms.
While Biden has united the West against Putin’s war on Ukraine, he has yet to show the US electorate he is taking the migration issue seriously. Migration is one of the Democrats’ most urgent problems: it could give Republicans control of Congress and undermine American support for Ukraine.
Kevin McCarthy pledged to champion federal spending cuts, strengthen border security and counter ‘woke indoctrination’.
US congressman Kevin McCarthy scrambled to line up enough Republican votes to win election as speaker of the House as a handful of right-wing holdouts continued to warn they will not support him.
The court found no clear evidence of the misconduct alleged by Lake, who lost the governor race to Democrat Katie Hobbs by a margin of 17,117 votes.
Republican support for Donald Trump’s presidential bid in 2024 has cratered, a new poll finds, as the former president is beleaguered by midterm losses and courtroom setbacks.
Joe Biden’s party will retain control of the chamber, but Sinema’s decision may increase her influence and that of fellow centrist lawmaker Joe Manchin.
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, expected to replace Nancy Pelosi in January, calls for committee to ‘fight against the Chinese Communist Party’ and names Representative Mike Gallagher as its chair.
After the US midterms, Chinese experts say bilateral relations between China and the US will remain turbulent and unpredictable.
The ‘only red wave this season’ will be if White House dog Commander knocks over the cranberry sauce, the US president says in reference to the midterm results.
The former American vice-president reaffirms his commitment to the Trump White House’s tough line on Beijing.
‘I will not seek re-election to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,’ Pelosi, 82, said in an emotional speech on the House floor. Republicans secured a slim majority in the House in last week’s midterm elections.
Third run for Oval Office will face opposition from own Republican Party after lacklustre midterm election results for candidates he backed.
Democrat Katie Hobbs was elected Arizona governor, defeating Republican Kari Lake who falsely claimed the 2020 election was rigged and refused to say she would accept the results of her race.
In this edition of the Global Impact newsletter, we look at the alliances and partnerships US President Joe Biden has been building over the last two years, largely aimed at dealing with threats from China.
The ex-president called Ron DeSantis, his main threat in the party, ‘DeSanctimonious’, and said another potential rival’s name ‘sounds Chinese’.
Libertarian Party candidate Chase Oliver won just enough votes in his Senate election race to force the Georgia run-off that could shape the rest of Joe Biden’s presidency.
Rupert Murdoch media appeared to turn its back on Donald Trump, labelling the former US president a ‘loser’ who shows ‘increasingly poor judgment’ after the midterm elections.
Biden says he intends to run and will make a final decision ‘next year’; Trump, meanwhile, may have been abandoned by Murdoch’s media empire for Republican darling Ron DeSantis.
Once a low profile figure, Yevgeny Prigozhin’s recent admission that he meddles in US elections has propelled the Kremlin caterer into the spotlight.
Whether on economic ‘decoupling’ from Beijing or bolstering support for Taiwan, American lawmakers’ approaches expected to span pragmatic to sabre-rattling.
Despite an expected ‘red wave’ failing to materialise, the ex-president called the election results a ‘very big victory’, asking: ‘Who has ever done better than that?’
Republicans seen as likely to narrowly win the House of Representatives, while Democrats may hold onto the Senate.