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Biden holds press conference to discuss midterm election results

Washington — Following an Election Day by which Democrats seemingly exceeded expectations and overcame historic traits within the battle for management of Congress, President Biden will make remarks and maintain a press conference on the White House to discuss the results.

Mr. Biden is fielding reporters’ questions at 4 p.m. within the White House State Dining Room, consistent with a convention of presidents holding information conferences following midterm elections. 

“Democracy doesn’t happen by accident,” the president tweeted noon Wednesday. “We have to defend, strengthen, and renew it. I’ll have more to say this afternoon, but thanks to the poll workers and officials that worked into the night to safeguard our sacred right to vote. And the millions who made their voices heard.”

Overnight, a high White House official instructed CBS News senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang there was a mixture of “excitement” and “validation” as returns confirmed there was no “red wave” of Republican victories in House and Senate races. Although Democrats have lost some House seats, White House officers see a victory within the comparatively reasonable or low variety of losses in contrast to midterms below earlier presidents. As of early Wednesday morning, they had been “cautiously optimistic” about retaining the Senate. 

CBS News presently estimates the struggle for the House is leaning in Republicans’ favor, and the battle for the Senate stays a toss-up, as a number of key races within the higher chamber are nonetheless unresolved. Overnight, Democrats picked up a Senate seat in Pennsylvania, the place CBS News projected Lt. Gov. John Fetterman defeated Republican Mehmet Oz, who conceded the race on Wednesday. 

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