The results of crucial midterm elections in the US on Tuesday will inevitably have far-reaching consequences due to the heightened influence of our southern neighbors on our policies.
Americans are being called to vote to renew the entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate, in addition to a full slate of local elected officials.
Republicans are showing increasing confidence in their chances of overturning Congress, taking over the House of Representatives and wresting slim control of the Senate from Joe Biden.
“American democracy is teetering,” says Raphael Jacob, associate researcher at the Raoul-Tandurand Chair. An expert on US politics explains that candidates who took part in a pre-riot rally on Capitol Hill could be chosen from the Republican camp who are questioning the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“In Quebec and in Canada, we should be interested in the stability of American democracy and the extent to which it is further eroded,” the political scientist argues.
An influential neighbor
The United States is Canada’s only land neighbor and its main economic partner, recalls Raphael Jacob.
“At the economic level, with a Republican majority in Congress and Joe Biden in the White House, we can have serious budget battles. This can be listed in the markets,” he believes.
The election result could have an impact on the conflict in Ukraine, as some of the Republican candidates are reluctant to support sanctions against Russia and Canada tends to follow its southern neighbor more fully on the file.
Trump keeps the suspense
Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have encouraged their supporters ahead of the vote to consider their political futures.
The current president has once again urged Americans to “protect democracy” in a final appeal before elections that could reduce him to political powerlessness.
According to him, Donald Trump is raising suspense about his 2024 presidential run.
“I’m going to make a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15th,” the billionaire Republican announced during a campaign rally in Ohio on Monday evening at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida home.
Until the last moment, Donald Trump was skeptical about the possible nomination announced on Monday evening. But he vowed not to steal the show from the candidates he supports.
Elon Musk, who controls Twitter, has slammed the final hours of the campaign by calling for a Republican vote.
The ballot, particularly control of the Senate, is played out in a few key states: Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.
– with AFP
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