Following the victory in Nevada, Democrats retain their control in the Senate. The Republicans inch closer to controlling the House, though.
In a tight contest in the state, Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto edged Republican Adam Laxalt for the Senate. Then, Laxalt held the position of state attorney general. Now, the Democratic Party requires Kamala Harris, the vice president, to cast the deciding vote. As polling places wrap up the State-by-State contests, the control of the House is still contested. The Republicans have seized the momentum, though, for the time being.
The opportunity for the Republicans to take over the Senate opened if they won in Nevada. With Laxalt, who gained the support of former president Donald Trump, the Republicans hoped to defeat Cortez Masto, who ran for re-election. Instead, Cortez was in the lead by a little over 5,000 votes. If Democratic re-election candidate Raphael Warnock defeats Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the runoff election this December, the Democratic Party should acquire a decisive lead over the opposition.
Nevada and Biden’s joy
Following Nevada’s victory, US President Joe Biden exulted. However, he noted that the party’s current emphasis is on winning the Georgia runoff.
“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.
According to Chuck Schumer, the majority leader of the Senate, the Democratic victory in the Senate gives the party the potential 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.
Taking a key state
The Democratic Party breathed a sigh of relief after flipping Pennsylvania, a crucial state, earlier in the election results tally. Republican Mehmet Oz was beaten by the party’s nominee, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. Fetterman defeated Oz, who had earned Trump’s strong endorsement, despite his battle with a stroke that kept him off the campaign trail for a while.
“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 contend that the Democrats’ backing of the Roe v. Wade decision was important in their victory in the upper House. In addition, researchers saw a rise in registration among young people and women after the Supreme Court reversed the landmark decision. The economy and inflation are other variables contributing to increasing voter registration among newer voters.
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