No ‘red wave’ for Republicans
After a bitterly contested and partisan midterm election campaign, full results from yesterday’s vote in the U.S. are yet to be delivered. Early this morning, as Democrats were bracing to defend their slim majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate, there was little sign of the so-called red wave that Republicans had expected or hoped for. Follow the latest updates.
Republicans won some key early victories in Florida soon after polls began to close on Tuesday evening. But Democrats scored a series of wins — an incumbent senator in Colorado, congresswomen in Northern Virginia and Ohio, an open seat in Rhode Island — that began to dim Republican hopes of a far-reaching nationwide sweep.
As of 1 a.m. Eastern time, Republicans had a multitude of pathways to claim the House majority, needing to flip just five seats. But the Senate, which is now divided 50-50, remains on a knife-edge. With so many tight races yet to be called, a fuller portrait of the implications is not likely to emerge until later today at the earliest. Here is our real-time forecast.
Voting: As of yesterday evening, elections overall across the country seemed to have unfolded smoothly for millions of Americans. But in some communities, there were lawsuits filed amid scattered problems, including technical glitches that disrupted ballot counting in Arizona’s Maricopa County.
Themes of a savage campaign
In the lead-up to the vote, Democrats battled intense national headwinds, shaped by grave concerns about the economy and inflation, and confronted the general challenges faced by the party in power during midterm elections. Almost everywhere, President Biden’s unpopularity was a driving force. Read analysis from our opinion columnists.
Republicans sought at every turn to tie Democratic candidates to their national party — and the president — while Democrats often cast their opponents as far outside the political mainstream, especially on issues of abortion rights and election denialism.
A handful of Republican megadonors had supplied tens of millions of dollars to a House Republican super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, which used its financial might to stretch the political playing field deep into traditionally blue territory, thinning Democratic defenses. Fighting to stave off defeats there, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris held closing events and rallies.
In other news from the day:
Wealthy nations offer direct climate aid
Several European countries yesterday pledged compensation to developing nations for the costs of devastating storms and droughts caused by climate change. At this year’s U.N. climate summit in Egypt, known as COP27, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Ireland joined Scotland in committing millions toward “loss and damage.”
Direct funding for loss and damage represents a major break from precedent. For decades, wealthy nations have avoided calls to help poor countries recover from climate disasters, fearing that doing so could open them to unlimited liability. Legally and practically, defining “loss and damage” and determining who should pay what costs has also been very challenging.
The U.S. has not offered a contribution. Instead, the Biden administration wants corporations to fund renewable projects in developing countries — and then count the resulting emissions cuts toward their own goals. Payments from companies would then go to countries struggling to adopt renewable energy.
Dissent: Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said that Europe was already helping poorer countries and that other Western nations needed to do more. “Europeans are paying,” he said. “We are the only ones paying.” Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, endorsed the idea. “It is high time to put this on the agenda,” she said.
It’s tough to profit in the struggling market of blockchain assets right now. Burning a purported drawing from Frida Kahlo’s personal diary — which has resulted in accusations of fraud and an investigation by the authorities in Mexico — didn’t help a businessman’s cause.
Evelyn de Rothschild, a London scion of the European banking dynasty who helped to privatize Britain’s railroads, steel and coal, has died at 91.
SPORTS NEWS FROM THE ATHLETIC
Tactical guide to World Cup Group B: Are England and Wales too reliant on their stars? What are the U.S.M.N.T.’s strengths and weaknesses? And about those javelin-style throws from Iran’s goalkeeper …
“War and sport have never been so close”: The six-part podcast series “Away from Home” follows the tragedy and triumph of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Champions League odyssey while Russia wages war in Ukraine.
Super League: The company behind the failed European Super League project, A22 Sports Management, is set to meet with UEFA officials as it seeks to revive talks about the model and put the future of European club soccer back in the spotlight.
From The Times: Iran’s national soccer team was long seen as a unifying force in a fractious nation. But as the squad, known as Team Melli, heads to the World Cup, it has become ensnared in Iran’s internal politics.
ARTS AND IDEAS
A Mahler moment
For a 70-minute Austrian symphony first performed more than a century ago, Mahler’s Fifth makes a surprisingly strong case for itself as the song of the season, Louis Lucero II reports for The Times.
The symphony, which plays a central role in the new Cate Blanchett drama, “Tár,” may not appear in the Billboard Hot 100 or as a viral TikTok sound. But Mahler’s Fifth is nonetheless finding its way onto the strolling, cleaning and cooking playlists of listeners who might otherwise be more inclined toward Adele, OneRepublic or Beyoncé.
“Tár” is not the only film in which you might hear the symphony this year. Its fourth movement also has a star turn in “Decision to Leave,” a fast-paced detective thriller by the South Korean director Park Chan-wook.
Pieces of classical music breaking into pop culture is by now a familiar tale: Works by Beethoven and Pachelbel became widely popular in the 1970s and 1980s after appearing (in one form or another) in “Ordinary People” and the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack.
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