United States: a new seat in the Senate for the Democrats with the victory of Warnock in Georgia

Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in Atlanta.

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This is the epilogue of the midterm elections in the United States where a final seat of senator was at stake in the State of Georgia.

It is won by outgoing Democrat Raphaël Warnock.

President Joe Biden's party consolidates its majority.


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With our correspondent in Washington,

Guillaume Naudin

This time, the suspense did not last several days.

Even if

Raphaël Warnock

's victory is short, it came on the evening of

this second round

between the two African-American candidates.

As often, it was the Democrat who started by taking the lead thanks to the early votes before it all evened out.


Herschel Walker

even came out ahead at times as the count went on, but the overwhelmingly Democratic urban counties in and around Atlanta ended up making the difference.

Above all, the former American football star failed to convince black voters.


Donald Trump's backing

, he's also not getting the scores expected in traditional Republican strongholds.

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Encouragement for Biden

Raphaël Warnock will therefore be the senator from Georgia for the next six years.

And that's no small thing in such a contested state.

This will allow the Democrats to be a little more comfortable in making their views prevail without depending on the goodwill of one of their own.


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Although they narrowly lost a majority in the House of Representatives, it is the first time since 1962 that the presidential party has widened its majority in the Senate in midterm elections.

Joe Biden, who is considering a new candidacy, will take it as encouragement.

On the other hand, the Republicans did much less well than expected.

And they probably haven't finished settling their accounts.


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