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Democrats set to retain US senate control after winning nevada seat

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Catherine Cortez Masto’s re-election in Nevada has provided a significant boost to Joe Biden’s presidency by preserving the Democratic majority in the US Senate.

Cortez Masto is likely to defeat Adam Laxalt, a Republican contender, in one of the most contested midterm elections, according to the Associated Press.

Cortez Masto’s win gives the Democrats 50 out of 100 seats, enough to maintain the majority provided that vice president Kamala Harris may cast tie-breaking votes. It followed the reelection of Democrat Mark Kelly in Arizona against Trump-backed Republican Blake Masters.

The result in Nevada means that a runoff scheduled for December 6 in Georgia between the incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and former NFL star Herschel Walker, who is running as a Republican, is no longer crucial to determining the majority but could provide Democrats with an extra vote to pass legislation.

Preserving a Democratic majority in the Senate is crucial for President Joe Biden because it will enable his party to approve judicial nominees, and executive branch appointments, and set the legislative agenda, even if the Republicans win control of the House. Although Senate power has always been seen as a coin toss, Cortez Masto has long been regarded as one of the most vulnerable incumbent Democrats.

Biden told reporters in Cambodia, where he was attending the ASEAN meeting on Sunday, that he was “very delighted.” He said, “I feel great, and I’m looking forward to the next couple of years.”

This election was a success. A win and vindication for the Democrats, our program, and the American people said Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer. “The American people rejected the anti-democratic extreme Maga Republicans,” he said, alluding to politicians associated with former president Donald Trump.

The White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, tweeted “50!!!!”

Laxalt’s loss is the latest setback for Republicans who hoped to make substantial gains in the midterm elections. Voters were as concerned about losing abortion rights and fundamental democratic norms as they were about punishing Democrats for high costs.

Republicans are battling to achieve the 218-vote barrier necessary to regain the House of Representatives, with around 20 elections in the lower house of Congress still to be called – indicating that they will have at worst a minuscule majority.

Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez, a Democrat, beat Joe Kent, a Trump-aligned Republican, in a House contest in Washington state on Saturday, causing a major upset. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican congressman who voted to impeach Trump following the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2017 has been deposed by him. The inability of the Republican Party to make significant gains in the midterm elections has sparked a wave of infighting between groups connected to party leaders in Congress and those affiliated with President Trump.

Mitch McConnell, the longstanding head of the Republican Party in the upper house of Congress, might be threatened by a group of Trump-supporting Republicans who want to delay Senate leadership elections until after the Georgia runoff.

“The old party is extinct. It is time to bury it. After the AP predicted Laxalt’s loss, the Missouri Republican senator linked with Trump, Josh Hawley, tweeted, “Build something fresh.”

Joe Lombardo, the sheriff of Clark County, which contains Las Vegas, won the governor’s contest for the Republicans in Nevada. However, its nominee for secretary of state, Jim Marchant, was lost when he was criticized for calling into doubt the result of the 2020 election.

In Arizona, Mark Finchem, who has criticized Biden’s victory over Trump as “illegitimate,” also lost his race for secretary of state to Adrian Fontes, a Democrat.

The Arizona governor’s contest between Kari Lake, a former television news presenter favored by Donald Trump, and Katie Hobbs, the Democratic candidate, was too close to call as of Saturday evening, but Hobbs maintained a lead.

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