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Biden hails results, Senate race down to the wire

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Washington: US President Joe Biden has described the midterm elections as a good day for democracy while control of the Congress hangs in the balance

Republicans are expected to take control of the House of Representatives but Biden said “a giant red wave did not happen” as had been predicted, BBC reported.

Speaking at the White House, he said the results had made him breathe a “sigh of relief”.

Republicans are still favoured to take the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, but face the growing prospect of an ultra-slim majority as Democrats continue to make surprising gains.

The fight for the upper chamber, the Senate, has come down to three key races that remain too close to call, the BBC reported.

“We expect to hear more on Thursday from the states of Arizona and Nevada, but the race in Georgia will be determined by a runoff in December,” the President said.

Whichever party wins two of the three outstanding contests in Arizona, Georgia and Nevada will control the Senate.

But the race in Georgia will not be decided until a run-off election on December 6 after Tuesday’s vote there was too close to call, the report said.

If Democrats lose control of either chamber of Congress, Republicans will be able to block Biden’s agenda.

Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis, a possible 2024 presidential contender, won a large victory to stay in office.

Biden acknowledged Americans were frustrated with the direction of the country but said his administration would keep promoting its achievements, the BBC said.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump, who is also expected to announce a presidential bid, has admitted the midterm results were “somewhat disappointing” after some of his picks fell short.

Trump commented on the results via his Truth Social platform, calling the elections both “somewhat disappointing” and also “a very big victory”.

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