Speaking with CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin on Nov. 4 2022 before the U.S. midterms, Perianne Boring said that recent polls reveal that one in five voters hold crypto, making them a considerable voting constituency.
With the U.S. midterm elections around the corner on Nov. 8, 2022, Senate, House, and gubernatorial campaigns have reached a fever pitch. With the Senate split down the middle between Republicans and Democrats save for Vice-President Kamala Harris’s deciding vote tipping influence towards the Democrats, recent state polls suggest that Americans want Republicans to win at least the House
Democrats unlikely to win
If the Senate flips, happens, President Joe Biden may have a tough time passing his new crypto framework, still in its nascent stages, and Democrats’ power would be severely hampered.
Historically, the ruling party, which is currently the Democrats, has not performed well during the midterms, and president Biden’s current approval of 42.3% means that Republicans could very well succeed.
Crypto pundits will keep a close eye on midterms
Crypto enthusiasts will be keeping a close eye on the midterm results in states with pro-crypto candidates. For the most part, Republicans, including Blake Masters, Theodore Budd, and Tom Emmer have generally favored crypto-friendly policies.
A recent poll shows that Masters is falling behind rival Mark Kelly, both of whom are vying for a Senate seat to represent Arizona.
Masters is a cryptocurrency supporter and has long decried the overreach of his Democrat rivals in trying to hamper the progress of the crypto industry. “I’m expecting the left to use [the cryptocurrency bear market] to control these technologies,” he said in a Fox Business interview in May 2022. Also, he advocates legislation to prevent fraud but favors the decentralized nature of blockchain.
Another Republican pro-crypto candidate, Theodore Budd, who accepts Bitcoin campaign donations via BitPay, is contesting Democrat opponent Cheri Beasley to represent North Carolina in the Senate. At press time, Budd had a 3.8% lead over Beasley, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Interestingly, stablecoin regulation promoter Pat Toomey is one of four Senators not running for this election. The lawmakers say they have become disillusioned with the legislative process. There are over 50 crypto bills awaiting lawmakers in Congress.
After midterms, leadership could be key to pushing crypto
Former U.S. president Donald Trump hinted that he could announce a bid for the 2024 presidential elections on Nov. 14, 2022, at a rally in Iowa on Nov. 3, 2022. During Trump’s previous term stock markets boomed, and given crypto’s recent correlation with stock markets, could help crypto regain its former footing.
In other leadership races, the new U.K. prime minister Rishi Sunak had been bullish regarding crypto while serving as chancellor under former Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Sunak said in April 2022 that he planned to make the U.K. a global crypto hub. Sunak was a supporter of the U.K. government’s move to exit the European Union.
MiCA delayed, frustrating for licensing regime
On the other hand, European crypto enthusiasts will need to wait until Feb. 2023 to receive clarity regarding crypto regulations in the EU. The Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) bill, which was reportedly finalized in Sep. 2022, will only be voted on in Feb. 2023. The bill deals largely with DeFi and stablecoin regulations. Its delay will affect crypto companies looking for a license to operate in the EU.
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