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US midterms: Republicans double down on Trumpist candidates

By James Politi

07 Nov 2022 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

There's a real possibility that the Republican party will make a decisive comeback in today’s midterm elections. The Financial Times asks what would that mean for the Biden administration.

Stepping out of their polling station last week in McDonough, a city of 29,000 in the southern suburbs of Atlanta, conservative voters explained why they had cast early ballots for Herschel Walker and his Trump-backed, scandal-plagued and sometimes messianic bid for a seat in the US Senate.

"[We need] a shift in power,” said Scott Roman, a 53-year-old podiatrist still wearing his blue scrubs. “Everyone’s got skeletons, so I’d rather have him as a Republican, versus a Democrat.”

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