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The predicted “red wave” of Republican victories in yesterday’s US midterm elections has turned out to be a “ripple”, says Edward Luce in the FT. With results still coming in, the Democrats have a “better-than-even chance” of retaining control of the Senate, though will likely lose the House of Representatives. The “thumping re-election” of Ron DeSantis is “ominous” for Donald Trump: the Florida governor is Trump’s “most plausible rival” to be the GOP’s presidential candidate in 2024. Gavin Williamson has resigned as a Cabinet Office minister after a string of bullying allegations. He lasted two weeks in post, or as one Twitter user put it: “0.37 Kwartengs”. The biggest lottery jackpot in history – $2.04bn – has been won by a ticketholder in California. The US Powerball hadn’t had a winner for 40 consecutive draws, hence the huge payout.