Democrats keep their Senate majority after winning the Nevada seat. However, it seems the Republicans inch closer to controlling the House.
Senate Democratic candidate Catherine Cortez Masto bested Republican Adam Laxalt in a close race in the state. Laxalt served as a former state attorney general. The Democratic Party now only needs the tie-breaker vote by Vice President Kamala Harris. The control of the House remains uncertain as polling centers conclude the races across States. However, as of the moment, the Republicans have taken the lead.
Nevada state was supposed to be the chance for the Republicans to gain control of the Senate. The Republicans intended to defeat re-electionist Cortez Masto with Laxalt, who received the endorsement of former president Donald Trump. Instead, Cortez led by a slim margin of over 5,000. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party should gain total advantage against the opposition if re-electionist Raphael Warnock wins against Republican Herschel Walker for a runoff this December.
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Biden happy with Nevada win
US President Joe Biden rejoiced following the Nevada win. He added that the party now focuses on winning the runoff in Georgia.
“We feel good about where we are, and I know I’m a cockeyed optimist, I understand that from the beginning, but I’m not surprised by the turnout. I’m incredibly pleased by the turnout,” the president said.
“And so, I feel good and look forward to the next couple of years. Because we are in a situation where you don’t have to have an even makeup of the committees — so that’s why it is important, mostly, but it’s simply better, the bigger the number, the better,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer, the senate majority leader, said the Democratic win in the Senate serves as a chance for the party to reject “anti-Democratic, extremist, MAGA Republicans.”
“Oh and one other thing we did, which I cannot forget, we staunchly defended a woman’s right to choose. Because the American people turned out to elect Democrats in the Senate, there’s now a firewall against a nationwide abortion ban threat that so many Republicans have talked about,” Senator Schumer said.
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Flipping a key state
Earlier in counting election returns, the Democratic Party celebrated after flipping a key state, Pennsylvania. The party’s candidate Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, defeated Republican Mehmet Oz. Despite Fetterman’s struggle against a stroke that strayed him away from the campaign trail for some time, he beat Oz, who received Trump’s strong recommendation.
“It’s official. I will be the next US Senator from Pennsylvania. We bet on the people of Pennsylvania – and you didn’t let us down. And I won’t let you down. Thank you,” Fetterman said in a Tweet.
“I’m so humbled. Thank you so much. We launched this campaign almost two years ago and had our slogan; it’s on every one of those signs right now — every county, every vote. And that’s exactly what happened. We jammed them up,” he added in a victory speech.
According to experts, the Democrat’s support for the Roe v. Wade ruling paved the way for their win in the upper House. When the Supreme Court overturned the key ruling, researchers recorded an increased registration among young citizens and women. Other factors for higher registration among newer voters include inflation and the economy.
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