On Saturday, Democrats held control of the Senate. They repelled Republican attempts to regain the chamber. Joe Biden’s agenda. As the GOP failed to secure a narrow majority, the fate of the House was uncertain.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s Nevada victory gave Democrats 50 seats to retain the Senate. Her victory is a testament to the astonishing strength of Democrats across the U.S. election year. Seeking reelection in an economically challenged state that has some of the highest gas prices in the nation, Cortez Masto was considered the Senate’s most vulnerable member, adding to the frustration of Republicans who were confident she could be defeated.
“We got a lot done and we’ll do a lot more for the American people,” Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), was the Senate Majority Leader. “The American people rejected — soundly rejected — the anti-democratic, authoritarian, nasty and divisive direction the MAGA Republicans wanted to take our country.”
These are the results Nevada Georgia, where both parties are still competing to win a Senate seat, is now settled. Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock faces GOP challenger Herschel Walker in a Dec. 6 runoff. Alaska’s Senate race has advanced to ranked choice voting, though the seat will stay in Republican hands.
Democratic control of the Senate ensures a smoother process for Biden’s Cabinet appointments and judicial picks, including those for potential Supreme Court openings. If the GOP wins, the party will keep control of the Senate and be able to oversee investigations and oversight of the Biden administration.
Biden spoke of the election results in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) at the summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations. “I feel good. I’m looking forward to the next couple of years.”
He stated that winning the 51st Georgia seat in the runoff election would be significant and help Democrats improve their standing in Senate committees.
“It’s just simply better,” Biden said. “The bigger the number, the better.”
If Democrats win the House, it would be complete control. Congress for Democrats — and another chance to advance Biden priorities, which he has said include codifying abortion rights. The party lacks 60 votes in Senate, which is required to make major legislative changes.
Biden called Cortez Masto to congratulate him and said that he still believed Democrats would hold the House.
“It’s a stretch,” He acknowledged it. “Everything has to fall our way.”
The Senate race was based on a few deeply contested seats. Both parties spent tens of millions of dollars in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia, the top battlegrounds where Democrats had hoped that Republicans’ decision to nominate untested candidates — many backed by former President Donald Trump — would help them defy national headwinds.
Pennsylvania was a major win for Democrats, with Lt. Governor. John Fetterman defeated Trump endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz as a celebrity heart surgeon to fill the seat currently held by a Republican. Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly won the reelection vote by about 5 percentage point.
Nevada is a closely divided swing state. This state is also one of the most racially diverse. Nevada is a working class state whose residents have been hard-hit by economic turmoil and inflation. Roughly three-fourths of Nevada voters said the country is headed in the wrong direction, and about half called the economy the most important issue facing the country, according to AP VoteCast, a survey of 2,100 of the state’s voters.
Republicans focused unabatedly on the economy heading into the midterm election. With stubborn inflation and high food and fuel prices, this was a top concern of many voters. The GOP also attacked Democrats on crime. This message sometimes exaggerated the threat, but still tapped into anxieties, especially among suburban voters who voted against the party in 2018-2020. They also highlighted illegal border crossings and accused Biden and other Democrats for failing to protect the nation.
But Democrats were buoyed by voters angry about the Supreme Court’s June decision overturning the constitutional right to an abortion. They also portrayed Republicans as too extreme and a threat to democracy, following the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and Trump’s false claims — repeated by many GOP candidates — that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
Schumer said Democratic candidates’ promises to defend abortion rights resonated with voters. He stated that the election results made him feel positive about the country’s commitment to democracy and the country’s ability to fulfill its promises.
“We knew that the negativity, the nastiness, the condoning of Donald Trump’s big lie — and saying that the elections were rigged when there’s no proof of that at all — would hurt Republicans, not help them,” Schumer stated. “But too many of them, and their candidates, fell into those traps.”
Referring to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” Schumer claimed that voters rejected the slogan “extremist MAGA Republicans.”
Nationally, VoteCast showed that 7 in 10 voters said the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade was an important factor in their midterm decisions. The results also revealed that the reverse was not popular. A majority of respondents favored a law that would guarantee legal abortion access nationwide.
Half of voters stated that inflation was a significant factor in their vote. 44%, however, said that democracy’s future was their main concern.
Beyond Congress, Democrats won key governors’ races in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — battlegrounds critical to Biden’s 2020 win over Trump. Republicans, though, held governors’ mansions in Florida, Texas and Georgia — another battleground state Biden narrowly won two years ago.
Though the midterms failed to deliver Republican romps, Trump remains a major factor in the national party and plans to announce his a third run for the presidency Tuesday at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida — setting up a potential rematch for the White House with Biden.
“I think the Republican Party is going to have to … decide who they are,” Biden said.
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