Democrats take control of Senate after winning Nevada

Democrats take control of Senate after winning Nevada
Democrats take control of Senate after winning Nevada

Democrats take control of Senate after winning Nevada

Democrats maintained control of the US Senate on Saturday, fending off Republican efforts to retake the Senate and making it difficult for them to thwart US President Joe Biden’s agenda.

The fate of the US House of Representatives remains uncertain as the Republican Party battles for a narrow majority there.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s victory in Nevada gave Democrats the 50 seats they need to retain control of the Senate. Her victory reflects the surprising strength of Democrats in the United States this election year.

Catherine Cortez Masto was seeking re-election in an economically challenging state with some of the highest gas prices in the country and was considered the most vulnerable senator. Her victory further frustrated Republicans, who were confident she could be defeated.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said Saturday night, “We have done and will do so much for the American people … anti-democratic, authoritarian, vulgar and divisive trend.”

US President Joe Biden expressed his delight after being informed that Democrats would retain control of the Senate following their nominee’s victory in Nevada.

“I’m feeling good and looking forward to the next two years,” Biden told reporters in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, where he is currently attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

The US President confirmed that he was not surprised by the result, adding: “I think it reflects the quality of our candidates.”
With Masto’s win, Democrats will now control at least 50 seats, with Vice President Kamla Harris poised to break a tie in the 100-seat Senate.

The Senate is currently split equally between Democrats and Republicans. The newly elected Senate will be sworn in on January 3rd.

If Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock wins the Dec. 6 Georgia runoff against Republican challenger Herschel Walker, it would increase the Democrat majority to 51 Republicans to 49.

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