The results of Tuesday’s pivotal 2022 midterm elections continue to roll in, and it is still not clear whether Democrats or Republicans have won the battle for control of Congress.
While many races remain too close to call, one thing is already abundantly obvious: It was not the red wave Republicans had been hoping for.
Former President Donald Trump took an early victory lap at his Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday night following victories by several candidates he had endorsed. But in a blow to Trump and Republicans, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman defeated Dr. Mehmet Oz, who was backed by the former president, in the race to fill Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat.
Trump and the GOP had attempted to frame the elections as a referendum on President Biden, crime and inflation, while Biden sought to make the midterms about the dangers of Trump’s election denialism — arguing that democracy itself is on the ballot.
At the White House on Wednesday, Biden said the early returns suggest "it was a good day for democracy and I think a good day for America."
"While we don't know all the results yet, here's what we do know: the press and I know the pundits were predicting a giant red wave. It didn't happen," Biden said.
Tuesday's midterms were the first national elections held since the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the first since the Supreme Court overturned Roe. v. Wade, its 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.