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Trump vs. Biden There was an obvious winner and a clearer loser in 2022.

In 2022, it was Biden over Trump decisively. That result was hardly preordained when the year opened for Biden and his party. Trump squandered opportunities that could have affected future events. He spent the year clinging to the lie that the 2020 election had been stolen. In the spring and summer, Joe Biden pursued a strategy that paid off for Democrats.

He sought to make concerns about the state of U.S. democracy part of the midterm dialogue. Some wondered whether that tactic was misplaced, but he stuck to it; voters responded.