Democrats Stop the Republicans’ “Red Tsunami”

Ilya Kravchenko, adviser to the RISS director, analyzes the key political findings of the midterm elections held in the United States. The analyst notes that the Republicans' hopes to defeat Democrats and retake majorities in both chambers of Congress failed.

Unlike the Democrats, who were pitched by US President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama, who still wields political power, Donald Trump's picks underperformed in the 2022 midterm elections, according to the expert.

The analyst believes that the election results show the nation's deepening divide. However, they will have no significant impact on the US's approach to Russia and China.


  • The midterms showed the growing polarization in the U.S. The centrist political layer is getting thinner.

  • The U.S. voters are primarily worried about domestic problems. This electoral attitude creates room for maneuver for the partisans of a more aggressive and assertive U.S. foreign policy.

  • D. Trump’s influence has been damaged.

  • Though Florida Governor R. DeSantis appears to be a possible Republican nominee in 2024, he lacks the former president's political clout.

  • Even though J. Biden has stated that he will run for president in 2024, Democrats may choose someone else.

  • If Biden chooses not to run in 2024, it’s yet unclear who will step forward to seek the nomination.
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