The Senate remained in Democratic control on Saturday. This repelled Republican attempts to regain the chamber. It also made it more difficult for President Joe Biden to block his agenda.
The Senate remained in Democratic control on Saturday. This repelled Republican attempts to regain the chamber. It also made it more difficult for Republicans to stop President Joe Biden’s agenda. As the GOP failed to secure a narrow majority, the fate of the House was not certain.
The victory of Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada gave Democrats 50 seats to retain the Senate. Her victory reflects the astonishing strength of Democrats in the US this election season. Cortez Masto sought reelection in an economically challenging state with some of the highest gasoline prices in the country. This made her the most vulnerable senator, which added to the frustration of Republicans who believed she could be defeated.
Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer declared victory Saturday night. He tweeted, “Your Senate Democratic Majority!”
Now that Nevada’s results are finalized, Georgia is now the only state in which both parties are still vying for a Senate seat. Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock faces GOP challenger Herschel Walker in a 6 December runoff. Alaska’s Senate race is now ranked-choice voting. However, the seat will remain in Republican hands.
The Senate’s Democratic control ensures that Biden’s cabinet appointments and judicial selections are more smoothly handled by the Democrats. This includes potential openings at the Supreme Court. If the GOP wins the House, the party will retain control of committees and the power to investigate or oversee the Biden administration. They will also be able to reject any legislation that is sent to them by the House.
If Democrats win the House, it would give them full control over Congress. This would also allow them to push for Biden’s priorities, which include codifying abortion rights. The party does not have the 60 votes needed in the Senate to pass major legislative changes.
The Senate race was based on a few deeply contested seats. Both parties spent millions in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada, where Democrats hoped that Republicans’ decision not to nominate untested candidates, many of whom were backed by former President Donald Trump, would allow them to defy national headwinds.
Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor was a huge win for Democrats. John Fetterman defeated Dr. Mehmet O, a celebrity heart surgeon, to win a seat currently held in Pennsylvania. Arizona Senator Mark Kelly was reelected by approximately 5 percentage points.
Nevada, a swing state with a divided population, is one of the most diverse in America. It is a working-class state that has been particularly hard hit by inflation and other economic turmoil. According to AP VoteCast (a survey of 2,100 Nevada voters), roughly three-quarters of Nevada voters believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. About half of them consider the economy the biggest problem facing the country.
Republicans were relentlessly focused on the economy heading into the midterm elections. This was a top concern of many voters due to stubborn inflation, and high food and gas prices, and was a major concern. 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 of failing to protect the nation.
Voters’ anger at the Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn the constitutional right of abortion was a boon for Democrats. After the Jan. 6th, 2021 insurrection at Capitol, and Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election had been stolen, they also called Republicans too extreme and a threat to democracy.
VoteCast found that 7 out of 10 national voters believed Roe v. Wade’s Supreme Court decision was a significant factor in their midterm elections. The reversal was also widely unpopular. A majority of respondents favored a law that would guarantee legal abortion access nationwide.
Half of the voters stated that inflation was a significant factor in their vote. 44%, however, said that democracy’s future was their main concern.
Democrats won crucial governors’ races across the country, including in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. These battlegrounds were critical for Biden’s win over Trump in 2020. However, Republicans held governors’ mansions in Florida, Texas, and Georgia, which was another battleground state Biden narrowly won in 2012.
Although the Republican romps were not delivered in the midterms, Trump is still a significant factor in the party’s national party. He plans to announce his third run for the presidency Tuesday at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. This could set up a potential rematch with Biden for the White House.