Twitter owner Musk backs Republicans on eve of U.S. midterms

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WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Elon Musk, Twitter's caller owner, urged Americans to elite a Republican Congress successful U.S. midterms connected Tuesday to counterbalance President Joe Biden's Democrats, the archetypal clip a large societal media CEO explicitly took a side.

"Shared powerfulness curbs the worst excesses of some parties, truthful I urge voting for a Republican Congress, fixed that the Presidency is Democratic," Musk said successful a tweet connected Monday to his much than 110 cardinal followers.

Republicans are favored to triumph a bulk successful the House of Representatives successful Tuesday's elections, with the Senate rated a toss-up by nonpartisan predetermination forecasters. Democrats presently power some houses.

Musk, the world's richest idiosyncratic and CEO of Tesla (TSLA.O), took implicit Twitter successful a $44 cardinal woody past period and has engaged successful drastic measures including sacking fractional the unit and a program to complaint for bluish cheque verification marks.

His absolutist stance connected escaped code has led immoderate groups to pass against a emergence successful misinformation and immoderate advertisers to propulsion their spending. A crackdown connected users impersonating Musk prompted Twitter to suspend comedian Kathy Griffin.

Later, helium added, "I'm unfastened to the thought of voting Democrat again successful the future" and said helium had historically been an autarkic who had voted for Democrats.

Musk has been captious of the Biden medication and Democrats for their proposals to taxation billionaires and springiness much taxation incentives to union-made electrical vehicles. Tesla does not person unions astatine its U.S. factories.

Republicans could usage a bulk successful either enclosure to bring Biden's docket to a halt and motorboat perchance politically damaging investigations into Biden's medication and family.

Kyle Kondik, from the University of Virginia' Center for Politics, said it was improbable Musk's words would power the election's outcome.

"It's hard to expect immoderate benignant of personage 'endorsement,' arsenic this fundamentally is, to person overmuch if immoderate effect connected elector behavior," Kondik said.

Asked astir Musk's comments, White House property caput Karine Jean-Pierre said: "The president has often spoken astir the value of voting, and I'm conscionable going to permission it determination arsenic to not get progressive successful immoderate benignant of predetermination conversation."

Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich described Musk's comments arsenic "very encouraging."

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Musk is not unsocial among societal media executives successful taking unfastened governmental stances.

Sheryl Sandberg, erstwhile operating serviceman of Facebook proprietor Meta Platforms Inc (META.O), for instance, has donated heavy to progressive candidates and endorsed Democratic statesmanlike contender Hillary Clinton successful 2016.

Like different executives, however, Sandberg stopped abbreviated of explicitly telling her followers however to ballot and took pains to support a region betwixt her idiosyncratic leanings and her work.

Former Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey has voiced a consciousness of alienation from some Republican and Democratic politics, portion Meta Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his woman donated to 2 nonprofits that distributed grants to authorities and section governments to assistance them behaviour elections.

In a connection to Reuters, Jessica Gonzalez, co-CEO of Free Press, an advocacy group, said Musk's remark showed helium "is not showing himself to beryllium an even-keeled CEO that advertisers tin trust."

Last twelvemonth Tesla moved its office from California - its biggest marketplace - to the much blimpish authorities Texas. Musk besides moved his idiosyncratic residence from California to Texas, wherever determination is nary authorities income tax.

In April, Musk said connected Twitter helium believes that for the level "to merit nationalist trust, it indispensable beryllium politically neutral."

Federal authorities are investigating Musk implicit his behaviour successful acquiring Twitter, the institution said successful a tribunal filing past month. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission person not commented connected immoderate imaginable probes. work much

Reporting by Susan Heavey, Steve Holland, Kenneth Li, Kanishka Singh, Sheila Dang, Chris Gallagher and Hyunjoo Jin; Writing by Rami Ayyub and Costas Pitas; Editing by Scott Malone and Howard Goller

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