After taking the Nevada seat, Democrats maintain their control in the Senate. But the Republicans are getting closer to taking over the House.
In a tight campaign in the state, Democratic candidate for the Senate Catherine Cortez Masto defeated Republican Adam Laxalt. Laxalt was the previous state’s attorney general. The Democratic Party now only requires Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote. As the results of the State-by-State elections are in, the power of the House is still up for grabs. However, the Republicans are now in the lead.
Republicans were thought to have a chance to take over the Senate with a win in Nevada. With Laxalt, who had Donald Trump’s support, the Republicans hoped to unseat Cortez Masto, who was seeking reelection. Instead, Cortez held a narrow lead of almost 5,000 votes. Meanwhile, if Democrat Raphael Warnock defeats Republican Herschel Walker in the runoff election this December, the Democratic Party should have the upper hand over the opposition.
Biden celebrates with Nevada win
As a result of Nevada’s victory, US President Joe Biden was pleased. However, he continued that the party’s current objective is winning the Georgia runoff election.
“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.
The majority leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer, stated that the Democratic victory in the Senate offers the opportunity 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.
Flipping a crucial state
The Democratic Party rejoiced earlier in the results count after winning a crucial state, Pennsylvania. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the party’s nominee, beat Mehmet Oz, a Republican. Despite struggling with a stroke that kept him off the campaign trail for a while, Fetterman defeated Oz despite Trump’s enthusiastic endorsement.
“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.
Experts claim that the Democrats’ backing of the Roe v. Wade decision helped them win control of the upper House. When the Supreme Court overturned the crucial decision, researchers saw a rise in young people and women registering to vote. Inflation and the state of the economy are further drivers of more significant voter registration among newer voters.
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