High turnouts and young people’s active participation in the US midterm elections both indicate quite clearly American society is getting more politicized, analyst Ilya Kravchenko, of the Kremlin’s think tank RISS (Russian Institute for Strategic Studies) told TASS.
"For the current US political system the turnout beat record-highs both in terms of the overall number of ballots cast and of the age ratios of the voters who went to the polls. It is noteworthy that many of those who decided to cast their ballots were young people. Besides, the Democrats managed to win support from the core groups of different minorities, while the Republicans attracted more conservative people to their side," Kravchenko said.
"This is a sure indication US society is turning more politicized. President Trump himself is one of the symbols of the transformation the political system is experiencing and of soaring tensions inside US society," he added.
Neck in neck
President Trump hailed the outcome of the Senate election.
For the US president this is certainly a success. The Republicans have managed to retain a majority in the Senate, although they lost seats in the House of Representatives. The result was well anticipated," Kravchenko believes.
Besides, he added, the advantage scored (in contrast to the Democrats - TASS) is not critical.
"For their part the Democrats had hoped they would win a considerable supremacy over the Republicans in the lower house," he said.
In particular, he noted that the Republicans "managed to achieve success in gubernatorial elections in some states."
"In Florida, for instance, the Republicans gained an upper hand by a very narrow margin. This is precisely the swing state that is capable of playing a certain role in the 2020 presidential election," Kravchenko believes.
The outcome of the voting will enable the Democrats to "put a spoke in the Republicans’ wheel and plot various intrigues."
"However, there are certain factors that consolidate the Republicans and the Democrats, such as the idea of containing Russia and China and the struggle against terrorism," Kravchenko concluded.
Midterm US elections
In the November 6 midterm elections the United States re-elected 35 of the 100 senators and all 435 members of the House of Representatives, 39 governors of states and territories and also 6,073 members of state legislatures, judges and members of school districts’ boards. According to the US media, the Democratic Party will have a majority of seats in the House of Representatives while the Republicans will tighten their grip on the Senate.