Obama loses House majority in U.S. midterm elections

Italian article written by Tiziano Aceti – English translation by Lucia D’Addato and Giuseppe Rana – Revision by Giuseppe Rana

U.S. president Barack Obama took a knock in the latest midterm elections by losing House majority. Nevertheless, he succeeded in retaining Senate majority.

Indeed, Republicans won by a wide margin in the House and, despite Democrats managed to maintain Senate majority, gained ground in the Senate as well, which however remained in Democrats’ control.

President Obama’s defeat was heavy not only because his majority in the Senate is shrinking, but also because his approval among Democrats is on a down trend: women, the middle class, elderly people and non-partisans who had believed in the policy of changes compared to Bush presidency.

To corroborate this, Democrats suffered some of their losses in middle-class and working-class areas, i.e. Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, where they gave up their seats to Republicans.

Now it still remains to be seen how the Democratic Party will react after the defeat. Soon after the election returns, president Barack Obama wished a profitable collaboration with the Republicans: a shared action area to attain what the American people needs.

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