Democrats Keep Control of Senate After Big Wins in Arizona and Nevada

Democrats are set to maintain control of the Senate after picking up major wins in Arizona and Nevada over the weekend, The New York Times reports.

Democrats will have at least 50 seats next term after Democratic Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly defeated Republican challenger Blake Masters and Democratic Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto eked out a win over former Republican Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

Democrats could add yet another seat in Georgia with the race between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker.


A growing number of Republicans have faulted Trump for backing poor candidates like Masters and Walker ahead of the disappointing midterms.

“I learned that the American people want a way forward that actually focuses on ideas, ideas that will make their lives better, not just their lives but that for future generations,” Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy told NBC News. “Those who are most closely aligned with the former president under-performed. Those who are talking about the future or who had managed their states well, they overperformed. The American people want ideas. They want a future.”

Trump, meanwhile, lashed out on Truth Social, baselessly alleging that there was cheating in the Arizona and Nevada races and calling for a do-over election.

What about the House?:

Control of the House has yet to be decided and could take weeks to determine if California’s House races ultimately decide which party has the majority.

Democrats, who have lost eight seats thus far, still have a slim chance at a majority but Republicans, who have picked up seven seats thus far, are already at 212 seats and need just six more wins for a majority.

“I think we’re going to get very close in the House. I think it’s going to be very close, but I don’t think we’re going to make it,” President Joe Biden acknowledged on Monday.

Biden touted the election as a “strong rejection of election deniers.”

“What these elections showed is that there is a deep and unwavering commitment in America to preserving and protecting and defending democracy,” Biden said.


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