Democrats await Nevada election consequence that would seal their US Senate majority2 min read
Democrats on Saturday have been one seat away from majority management of the US Senate subsequent yr, as vote-counting in deeply-divided Nevada continued following Tuesday’s midterm elections and campaigning kicked off for a Dec. 6 runoff in Georgia.
If incumbent Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto manages to fend off Republican Adam Laxalt in Nevada, her get together would then management 50 of the Senate’s 100 seats.
A Democratic victory in Georgia subsequent month would then give the get together outright majority management of a 51-49 Senate. A Democratic loss in Georgia and a win in Nevada would nonetheless put Democrats in command of a 50-50 Senate, as Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris can break tie votes.
The Senate at the moment is break up 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans. The newly-elected Senate will probably be sworn in on Jan. 3.
With almost 97% of the vote counted within the Nevada Senate race, Laxalt was main by round 800 votes. However, uncounted votes from Cortez Masto strongholds may vault her to victory.
Suspense over management of the Senate got here because it additionally was nonetheless unknown which get together will maintain the bulk within the U.S. House of Representatives for the subsequent two years. Republicans continued to have an edge, however returns have been nonetheless flowing in for a number of races, together with many in liberal-leaning California.
It may take not less than a number of extra days earlier than the result of sufficient House races are recognized to find out get together management of that 435-seat chamber.
Democrats received an vital increase late on Friday when Democratic Senator Mark Kelly was projected to carry onto his seat in Arizona, defeating Republican Blake Masters.
Kelly, a former Navy fight pilot and astronaut, stated he was “humbled” by voters who helped re-elect him.
No winner was projected but, nevertheless, within the race for Arizona governor, the place Democrat Katie Hobbs holds a slim lead over Republican Kari Lake.