The Fox News Decision Desk may predict that the Democratic Party will continue to hold sway in the Senate. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, defeated Republican rival Adam Laxalt on Saturday night in Nevada, ensuring Democrats’ continued control of the Senate.
Democrats currently have 50 seats, compared to Republicans’ 49, with one seat in Georgia still up for grabs after a runoff election on December 6 between Republican Herschel Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. With Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote, Democrats would retain control even if Walker triumphed in Georgia.
Sen. Gary Peters, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, declared in a statement that “voters throughout the nation have provided a resounding support of Democrats’ Senate majority.” “The strength of our candidates, the appeal of Senate Democrats’ message to the American people, and a rejection of the radicalism espoused by the GOP are all reflected in these historic victories in the race after race.
Now, we’re working harder in Georgia to make sure Rev. Warnock is re-elected and Herschel Walker is defeated.” Before Tuesday’s countrywide midterm elections, Democrats controlled 50 seats in the upper chamber of Congress, giving them a razor-thin majority. Democrats only needed 50 seats to maintain control since vice president Kamala Harris has the power to break ties.
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Prior to 2021, the 113th Congress, which ran from January 2013 to January 2015, had Democrats hold the majority in the Senate. Republicans had to defend 21 seats in this year’s midterm elections, while Democrats only had to do so for 14. In three of the four tightest Senate elections this season, the incumbent was a Democrat.
Republican candidates centred their rhetoric throughout their campaigns on the topics they thought Americans cared about most, such as the southern border crisis, out-of-control inflation, and rising crime.
However, following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in the summer, Democrats concentrated on protecting abortion rights. The party also highlighted voting rights and election sceptics, with President Joe Biden warning that “MAGA Republicans” who supported the “Big Lie” about the 2020 election and engaged in voter intimidation pose a “threat” to democracy soon before the elections.
One-third of the Senate’s 100 seats are up for election each year; senators are elected to six-year terms. Prior to Tuesday’s elections, the Fox News Power Rankings predicted that the Democrats would win 47 seats and the Republicans would win 49, leaving Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania as the four deciding toss-up contests for the Senate.
In January, the next Congress will be sworn in formally. Republicans still want to regain control of the House of Representatives, and it looks like they’ll be able to do so if they win 7 of the remaining 20 congressional contests around the nation. Republicans have so far won 211 seats out of the 435 seats in the house following the results of the midterm elections on Tuesday, falling just short of a 218-member majority.