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Democrats retain control of Senate with Nevada victory

Democrats will proceed to control the Senate after the 2022 midterm elections, after Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto on Saturday was projected by CBS News to win a decent reelection race in opposition to Republican Adam Laxalt.

Her victory offers Democrats 50 seats within the 118th Congress. Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote, ought to it’s wanted, offers them the bulk, regardless of the end result of the Georgia runoff election in December between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker. 

Before Election Day, some Republicans had begun to consider Senate control was inside attain, since President Biden is affected by underwater approval rankings amid excessive inflation and voters’ unfavorable views of the economic system in all of the battleground states. 

But within the months earlier than the overall election, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed doubt that Republicans may take the Senate, which he blamed on “candidate quality.” Many of the Republican candidates who lost had been far-right and endorsed by former President Donald Trump, which gave them momentum throughout the major season. But they did not enchantment to independents and moderates within the basic election. 

Sen. Pat Toomey, who’s retiring from the Senate, and whose seat was received by Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, blamed Trump for the missed GOP alternative.

“The data is overwhelmingly clear — the more candidates who are associated with Donald Trump, and the ultra MAGA movement, and this false notion that the election was stolen from him in 2020, the more that was the message, the more they lost, and in many places, it was a stark to a more conventional Republican who was winning,” he mentioned in an interview on Fox News Saturday.

Though he did not establish him by title, Toomey referred to the far-right Republican candidate for governor Doug Mastriano as “a weak candidate who loses by 15 points, the most for an open seat since the 1950s.” 

He went on to notice that “we lost three opportunities to flip House seats, lost control of the state House…and the party needs to get past Donald Trump.”

Alaska, the place three candidates are on the poll in a ranked-choice voting system, has additionally not but been known as, however with the highest two finishers each Republicans, CBS News initiatives it would keep in Republican fingers.

On Friday night, CBS News projected Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly will win reelection over Republican challenger Blake Masters.

In different battleground states, CBS News projected the races in Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina will go to Republicans, whereas Democrats will win in Colorado, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. 

In every of the Senate battlegrounds the place CBS News has performed exit polls, voters mentioned control of the Senate was essential to their vote. CBS News performed statewide surveys in 11 key battleground states: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

In every of these states, voters had unfavorable views of the nation’s economic system.

In most of the Senate battleground states, the difficulty of inflation outpaced abortion in phrases of the significance of the difficulty to voters. But in Pennsylvania’s closely-watched race, the place Fetterman got here out forward of Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz, exit polling confirmed abortion outpaced inflation as a priority for voters.

According to early exit polling Tuesday, practically three in 4 voters mentioned they had been dissatisfied in regards to the nation. That consists of virtually one-third who mentioned they had been offended. Almost three-quarters mentioned the economic system is dangerous, and practically half of voters mentioned their household’s funds are worse than they had been two years in the past.

Thirty-five Senate seats had been up for grabs in whole within the 2022 midterm elections, however beneath one-third had been anticipated to be shut. 

Musadiq Bidar and Jack Turman contributed to this report. 

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