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Democrats Maintain Senate Grip Following Nevada Seat Takeover

Catherine Cortez Mastro

Even with a completely tight edge, Democrats have gripped into their narrow majority in the US Senate. 

On Saturday evening, the Senate decided on the chamber following Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s defeat of Republican and former state attorney general Adam Laxalt, per a The Associated Press race call. 

Saturday’s race conclusion hands Democrats 50 Senate seats. So, it is sufficient for the majority alongside Vice President Harris’ tiebreaking vote. 

Meanwhile, the US House is still up for a tough race. Republicans maintain a slim head start to the majority. 

One of the Republicans’ most-coveted targets was Nevada. So, Cortez Masto’s takeover was a deadlock in the election. Her competition with Laxalt was head-to-head.

According to the AP race call, Cortez Masto garnered around 5,000 votes lead. 

It will be a good shot in the Senate for Democrats if Raphael Warnock tramples Republican Herschel walker in the race in Georgia on December 6. 

Factors in Democratic Win

Among other factors that contributed to Democrats’ securing their majorities is the abortion rights issue. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overrule Roe v. Wade in June, researchers found a considerable rise in women’s and young people’s voter registration. 

Although a national survey showed that inflation and the economy were top priorities, the issue of abortion rights really made it for Democrats. Furthermore, it played a vital role in urging voters and raising chances for Democratic candidates. 

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Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., told NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday that it had been “a great week for democracy.” Moreover, it marked her party’s win to strong candidates “who had experience, who knew how to get things done.” 

“The reason there wasn’t a red wave is because Democrats had a ‘blue wave of accomplishment.’ And we basically defied the tides of history,” she stated, reiterating a statement from Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer. 

Senate Goal

According to Klobuchar, the party’s mission was to decrease costs like pharmaceuticals and protect Social Security and Medicare. Additionally, they want to “do all we can to get our economy in a place that works for everyone.” 

Another Democrats’ mandate is to systematize Roe v. Wade

“We don’t know what’s going to happen with the House. We don’t know if the Republicans will play ball. I’d get rid of the filibuster to do it,” he added. 

And third is to safeguard democracy. 

“A lot of the election deniers lost,” Klobuchar said. “So, it shows Americans care about democracy.” 

If Republicans grab the House, it’s nearly impossible for the two chambers to find a mutual agreement. Meanwhile, a Democratic grab of the House would maintain President Biden’s trifecta of power for two more years. 

Furthermore, a solid Democratic majority in the Senate secures Democrats’ capacity to back Biden’s nominees. It includes other future vacancies in the US Supreme Court. 

Former president Donald Trump’s impact on his party’s odds is now under close observation. This is so because Democrats beat his hand-selected candidates. 

“Republicans lost the Senate in 2010 and 2012 because they put up poor candidates,” former GOP campaign strategist Liam Donovan said. 

“The difference [in 2022] is that President Trump, I think, locked these fields into questionable candidates. You had people that might have been the strongest staying out because they didn’t want to go anywhere near this. You had a number of strong governors who might have come in and easily won these seats that stayed out.”

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