Democrats retain control of Senate with Nevada victory

Democrats will continue to control the Senate 2022 mid-term electionsCatherine Cortez was Masto on the Saturday after Nevada Sen. Presented by CBS News To win a tight election race against Republican Adam Laxalt.

His victory gives the Democrats 50 seats in the 118th Congress. Vice President Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote gives her a majority, if needed, regardless of the outcome Georgia Runoff election between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker in December.

Before election day, some Republicans were beginning to believe that control of the Senate was within reach, as President Biden suffers from underwater approval ratings amid high inflation and voters’ negative views of the economy across all battleground states.

But in the months before the general election, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed doubts that Republicans could take the Senate, which he blamed on “candidate quality.” Many of the Republican candidates who lost were far-right and supported by former President Donald Trump, who gave them momentum during the primary season. But he failed to appeal to the independents and moderates in the general election.

Sen. Pat Tommy, who is retiring from the Senate, and whose seat was won By Democratic Lieutenant Gov. John Fetterman, blamed Trump for the missed GOP opportunity.

“The data is overwhelmingly clear – the more candidates associated with Donald Trump, and the Ultra MAGA movement, and the misconception that the election was stolen from them in 2020, the more the message was, the more they lost, and in many places, It was a stark one for a more traditional Republican who was winning,” he said in an interview on Fox News on Saturday.

Although he did not recognize him by name, Tommy referred to the far-right Republican nominee for governor Doug Mastriano as “a weak candidate who lost by 15 points, the most for an open seat since the 1950s.” More.”

He noted that “we lost three opportunities to flip House seats, lost control of the state House … and the party needs to overtake Donald Trump.”

Alaska, where three candidates are on the ballot in the rank-choice voting system, also hasn’t been called yet, but both Republicans with the top two finishers, CBS News projects, will remain in the hands of Republicans.

On Friday evening, CBS News forecast Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly Republican challenger Blake Masters will win again.

In other battleground states, CBS News predicted that the race would go to Republicans in Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, while Democrats would win in Colorado, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

In every Senate battleground state where CBS News has conducted exit polls, voters said control of the Senate was important to their vote. CBS News conducted a statewide survey in 11 major battlefield states: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

In each of these states, voters had negative views about the country’s economy.

In most Senate battleground states, the issue of inflation surpassed abortion in terms of the importance of the issue to voters. but in Pennsylvania’s closely watched raceWhere Fetterman overtook Republican nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz, exit polls showed abortion to be more of a concern to voters than inflation.

According to early exit polls on Tuesday, three out of four voters said they were dissatisfied with the country. This includes about a third who said they were angry. Nearly three-quarters said the economy is bad, and nearly half of voters said their family’s economic condition was worse than it was two years ago.

The 2022 midterm elections were to grab a total of thirty-five Senate seats, but were expected to be closer to less than a third.

Musadiq Bidar and Jack Turman contributed to this report.

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