US President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have held rallies as the campaign for the election that could reshape Congress entered its final day. Biden and Trump made their last appeals to voters in New York and Florida, respectively. Recently, the momentum has shifted to the Republicans, who are trying to wrest control of both houses of Congress from the Democrats.
Republicans are considered favorites to win the House, but winning the Senate still poses a challenge, polls have suggested.
Republican control of one chamber of Congress would present a major obstacle to President Biden’s legislative agenda. With the campaign winding down today, Biden’s party is poised to lose even in parts of the state where Democrats usually do well in elections.
Biden spoke to voters in New York on Sunday in support of Gov. Kathy Hochul, who is being challenged by Trump-backed Republican candidate Lee Zeldin.
Hochul has received support from some of the most prominent Democratic figures — from former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Kamala Harris and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. During the speech, Biden said the election was a “turning point” that will define the next 20 years. He told American voters that they would be choosing between two “fundamentally different visions of America.”
Meanwhile, his predecessor Donald Trump participated in a rally in Miami, in support of Marco Rubio, who is running for another term. The former American president criticized the Democrats for more than an hour, accusing them of leading the country towards “communism”.
Trump also continued to hint that he will run for president again in 2024, urging voters to expect him to attend Monday’s rally in Ohio. Polls suggest that Democrats are likely to lose their majority in the House of Representatives. Control of the Senate will likely hinge on the results of close races in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada.
More than 40 million voters have already cast ballots in congressional elections, which experts say is a higher number than in the 2018 election. But mail-in ballots typically take longer to be counted than regular ballots, making the results in many states not be final during Tuesday evening. In many key states, such as Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, election officials are not allowed to begin counting votes until Election Day.