Biden predicts that Democrats will take the Senate and have a chance to keep the House in the midterms
President Biden struck an upbeat tone after visiting California on Friday when he predicted that Democrats could win an outright majority in the Senate and retain control of the House in Tuesday’s election.
“I haven’t been to all the House races, but I think we’re going to hold the Senate and get the seat,” he said after visiting Carlsbad and en route to Chicago. “I think we have a chance to win in the House.”
There are currently 50 Republicans, 48 Democrats and two independents in the Senate. There are 220 Democrats, 212 Republicans and three vacancies in the House.
Biden’s remarks belied what many predicted would be a solid night for Republicans amid his declining approval ratings and economic concerns among many Americans.
“We’re going to win this time,” Biden said.
In recent weeks, he has been warning voters that Republicans will crash the economyworsen inflation and pose a danger to democracy.
Data from early voting Trends show that Republicans are turning out in higher numbers than in the 2020 election, while still trailing far behind Democrats.
Statistics compiled by the American Election Project show 33.3% of premature votes come from registered Republicans as of Wednesday in states that report such information. This is up from 30.5% two years ago.
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