Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto won her election bid Saturday night. This solidified Democratic control of this chamber.

The race was called by the Associated Press late Saturday night for the incumbent against Republican challenger Adam Laxalt.

Cortez Masto’s campaign focused on supporting the right to abortion access and a permanent pathway to citizenship for “Dreamers.”

As of Saturday evening the Senate is composed of 49 Republicans and 50 Democrats.
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U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., speaks during a campaign stop at the Nevada State AFL-CIO offices in Henderson, Nev., Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Masto is running against Republican candidate Adam Laxalt. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
Incumbent Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto won reelection Saturday.
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The Senate’s first Latina Senator was considered to have the greatest vulnerability. Republicans had hopes that they could flip her seat in the midterm election, but this was yet another disappointment for Republicans. A red wave was never seen.

Laxalt, a former state attorney general, was endorsed by former President Donald Trump – who has faced some criticism for his party’s underperformance at the polls. Laxalt’s campaign centered on rising inflation and blamed the struggling economy as the result of Democratic policies.

Cortez Massto had a narrow 0.5% lead with 97% of precincts reporting as of Saturday night. This difference is less that 5,000 votes.

Nevada Republican Senate candidate Adam Laxalt speaks to supporters during an election night campaign event Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Adam Laxalt’s loss gives Democrats control of the Senate.
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Laxalt, who had led the race one day before it was called, saw his lead shrink as mail in-votes were counted. A advisor advised that Laxalt and his crew foresaw a Friday loss and that they might demand a recount.

Cortez Masto’s win guarantees that the Senate will be controlled by Democrats for the next two years of Joe Biden’s presidency.

Cortez Masto tweeted a simple, “Thank you, Nevada!” After multiple media outlets had called the race in her favor.

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