Democrats retained control of the Senate on Saturday after Catherine Cortez Masto won re-election in Nevada, rejecting Republican efforts to regain the house.
The Associated Press called on Nevada to Cortez Masto on Saturday, predicting that Republican opponent Adam Laxalt – backed by former President Donald Trump – would not be able to make enough profits to win one of the most competitive mid-term races.
Masto’s victory allows Democrats to retain control of the Senate with at least 50 seats due to the decisive vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, making it difficult for Republicans to thwart President Joe Biden’s plan, even if Republicans take control of the House. The fate of the lower house on Sunday was still uncertain as the GOP fought to gather a small majority.
Democrats stood up to historic chances in this year’s mid-term elections, doing much better than anticipated after the anticipated “red wave” failed to materialize. Overall, the result was the best mid-season session performance in 24 years.
And if the Democrats do manage to win in the House, it would mean full control of Congress – although the party still lacks the 60 Senate votes needed to make many kinds of major legislative change.
“The American people rejected the anti-democratic, authoritarian, unpleasant and dividing direction that the MAGA republicans wanted to take in our country,” Democrat Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer said Saturday night.
“I look forward to working further to ensure significant results for the American people.”
Biden said he was “incredibly pleased” and “looking forward to the next few years.”
Congratulations to Senator Schumer. He has the majority again, ”he told reporters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he was attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.
Biden said the Democrats are now focused on winning the 51st place in Georgia, which would allow them to strengthen their position on the Senate committees. “It’s just better,” said Biden. “The greater the number, the better.”
Georgia is the only state in which both parties are still competing for a seat in the Senate, and incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock will face Republican Herschel Walker in the second round of the elections on December 6.
Biden also said he hoped the Democrats could hold on to the House.
This is an episode. Everything has to go our way, ”he admitted. “We can win this. If we win, it remains to be seen.”
Cortez Masto’s victory came after Democrat Mark Kelly won re-election in Arizona on Friday defeating the Blake Masters.
Demonstrators gathered Saturday outside the polling station in Maricopa – Arizona’s most populous county – to protest the voting process while awaiting results in state races.
This came after Republicans argued, with no evidence, that GOP voters were unable to vote due to faulty equipment.
State legislator Wendy Rogers called on patriots to “rise to gather” and “pray that the Light will shine in the darkness and that His truth will be revealed.”
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone criticized Rogers at a press conference on Saturday.
“If you are an elected official and you do things to provoke a crowd to come out here, which can lead to acts of violence or crime, we should not only put you at the top of the criminal report and charge you or claim charges from you. I feel like we should send you the bill, ”said Penzone, in line with ABC15.
After the protest started, Rogers sent another tweet urging people to stay away from the Maricopa County offices so they can finish the vote count. “The last thing anyone wants is a reason to stop counting,” she wrote.
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