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Democrats Maintain Power in the Senate following Midterm Elections

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Monday, November 14, 2022
Democrats Maintain Power in the Senate following Midterm Elections

Democrats Maintain Power in the Senate following Midterm Elections

With the win of Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, Democrats will maintain power in the Senate.

According to Fox News, Democrats now hold 50 seats in the Senate, compared to the 49 Republican seats. There is one seat pending a runoff election between Republican Herschel Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. That election is on Dec. 6, but even if Republican Walker wins the seat, the Senate tie-breaking vote is Vice President Kamala Harris.

"Voters across the country have delivered a resounding endorsement of Democrats' Senate majority," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Sen. Gary Peters said in a statement. "These historic results in race after race speak for themselves, and they reflect the strength of our candidates, the popularity of Senate Democrats' message to the American people, and a rejection of the extremism espoused by the GOP. Now our work continues in Georgia to ensure Herschel Walker is defeated and Rev. Warnock is re-elected."

Cortez Masto was projected to secure about 48.8 percent of the vote compared to Republican challenger Adam Laxat, who won about 48.1 percent of the vote.

"The American people rejected the anti-democratic, authoritarian, nasty, and divisive direction the MAGA Republicans wanted to take our country," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted after the election.

Democrats previously held the majority in the Senate before the midterm elections with 50 seats plus Kamala's tie-breaking vote, The Christian Post reports.

Before 2021, the last time Democrats held majority control of the Senate was from January 2013 to January 2015.

The Senate is made up of 100 lawmakers who each serve six-year terms. Every election year, about one-third of those seats are up for election. This November, Republicans were defending 21 seats, and Democrats were campaigning to keep 14.

The new Congress members will be sworn into their seats in January.

Meanwhile, Republicans are looking to take control of the House of Representatives. To do so, the party will need to win seven of the roughly 24 congressional races still pending.

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.