Hillary Clinton, President Ronald Reagan, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, and First Lady Nancy Reagan, February 22, 1987. PHOTO CREDIT: National Archives.

There’s no such thing as “Election Night” in the United States. It usually takes a week or more to sort everything out after all votes are cast. Typically the projected margins of victory for one of the two tribes is big enough in the House and Senate to determine the balance of power for the next two years at the federal level within a day or two after Election Night. But this election is historically unique.

The House of Representatives in the 65th Congress (1917-1919) averaged 215 Republicans and 214 Democrats (and six “others”), according to government archives. That makes it the most evenly-split House in modern times. The numbers always fluctuate in the House due to deaths and other issues. Democrats had a significant 51-45 advantage in the Senate (there were only 96 seats at the time) in said Congress.

The current 117th House of Representatives favors Democrats by seven seats. The Senate is 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote. Thus the 117th Congress is the most tightly-contested between both chambers since the turn of the 20th century. But the 118th Congress, which will be seated on January 3, 2023, will likely break that record.

Nearly $17 billion was spent on federal and state elections this cycle. That is a new record, according to the nonprofit Open Secrets. But that’s nothing compared to the $54 billion-plus in welfare sent to Ukraine in 2022, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. It’s a lot of money nonetheless.

The 2022 Midterms are also the first elections since COVID dystopia and The Great Reset fully launched. While inflation, the economy, crime, illegal immigration and abortion are talked about as the top issues on voters’ minds, COVID dystopia played a major role as well.

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