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The US midterm elections could “boil over” in some states and escalate into a “path of chaos”, LBC’s US Correspondent Simon Marks warned, as American voters are heading to the polls next Tuesday. Contests are close in the US states of Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania where Democrats and Republicans are fighting tooth and nail in the last stretch of the race to either keep or gain control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Given the highly-polarised context, the US correspondent suggested violence could break out on and after election day.

Speaking from Washington DC, LBC’s US Correspondent Simon Marks said: “If a couple of those races go into recount territory, it could be a very long time before we know who’s actually going to take control of the upper house in Congress. 

“And in the atmosphere in which we live, there’s the real possibility of societal tensions boiling over in some of those states where recounts may end up taking place.

“President Biden made that speech last night, saying the country was on a potential path to chaos because there are well north of 300 Republicans on the ballot across the country who deny the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s election win in 2020. 

“Election denialism is absolutely rife among Republican party candidates.”

Since Donald Trump alleged the 2020 election was stolen by Democrats, several radical Republicans have been spreading the same message, with some leveraging it in the midterms to potentially contest the result of the House and Senate races.

Mr Marks continued: “You’ve got Republicans like Kari Lake running for the governor of Arizona, a former TV anchor who’s in the extraordinary position of refusing to say whether she is going to accept the outcome of the election in which she is running.”

“Which of course is translation for saying: ‘If I win, I’ll accept the outcome. If I lose, I probably won’t’.

In a heated race against her Democratic opponent, the TV journalist turned MAGA candidate to be Arizona’s next governor said: “I’m going to win the election, and I will accept that result. The people of Arizona will never support and vote for a coward like [Democratic nominee] Katie Hobbs.”

In a bid to ease tensions ahead of the vote, President Biden urged Americans to stand against violence and reject election-denying candidates.

However, the LBC’s US Correspondent said Joe Biden’s warning about this “path to chaos … comes too late for more than 22 million Americans who have already cast their ballots in early voting. 

“There are other Democratic candidates out there who say they’re worried that Joe Biden may have put a bit of a stick at the Republicans by making that speech last night actually may drive votes into Republican terrains.”

“So, I think making forecasts is probably not prudent under those very voluble circumstances in which American politics now exists. We could be in for a long drawn-out and potentially quite a dangerous period once voting ends next Tuesday night.”

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Senate control hinges on a neck-and-neck race in the swing states of Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania where results are expected to be close and could potentially end in a tie.

That possibility is reminiscent of the 2000 presidential election when the vote was tied with only 537 votes separating the two candidates.

Three weeks after the results were announced, Republican George W. Bush eventually won the election after Democrat Al Gore conceded.

Political scientists say the attempted attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her San Francisco mansion could just be the opening salvo of more violence to come on political candidates.

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