After the 2022 midterm elections, Democrats will still hold a majority in the Senate thanks to Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto who was predicted by CBS News on Saturday to prevail in a close reelection contest against Republican Adam Laxalt.
Democrats now have 50 seats in the 118th Congress thanks to her triumph. Even if Sen. Raphael Warnock defeats Republican candidate Herschel Walker in the Georgia runoff election in December, they will still have the majority thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris‘ potential tie-breaking vote.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer declared in a briefing late on Saturday night that “the election is a wonderful result for the American people.” Democrats will hold a majority in the Senate after the results of the races in Arizona and Nevada were announced and I will once again serve as majority leader.
There are still a few races for the House that Republicans might win, taking control of that chamber. To protect President Biden from politically dangerous legislation that a Republican-led Senate would have brought to a vote, Democrats will be able to effectively veto any legislation that emerges from a GOP-led House thanks to their control of the Senate.
Regardless of what happens to the House, Democrats still have defied the odds and it’s a big deal.
My heart is filled with gratitude for our candidates, campaign staffers, voters, donators, state party leaders, DNC, DCCC, DSCC and grassroots orgs.
We broke a huge trend y’all 🙏🏽
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 13, 2022
Additionally, Mr. Biden will find it much simpler to secure support for judicial nominations and nominate his preferred people to jobs across the administration in the final two years of his tenure if the Senate is Democratic.
A jubilant Mr. Biden informed reporters on Sunday morning that Schumer had “got a majority again” while he was in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the ASEAN summit.
Georgia is our current area of attention, Mr. Biden stated. “We are happy with our current location. And I am aware of my pessimistic outlook. Although I have always known it, I’m not shocked by the response.
I’m ecstatic about the turnout. And I believe that speaks to the caliber of our candidates. Additionally, they are all using the same program. Nobody didn’t support what we did; there wasn’t one. They are all remaining and continuing. So, I’m in excellent spirits. The following few years are something I’m excited about.”
Prior to Election Day, some Republicans had started to think that they might regain control of the Senate because Mr. Biden’s approval ratings are underwater due to high inflation and voters’ unfavorable opinions of the economy in all of the key states.
However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed concern that Republicans could win the Senate in the months leading up to the general election, blaming it on “candidate quality.”
Far-right candidates who were supported by former president Donald Trump were prominent among the Republican candidates that lost, giving them support throughout the primary season. But in the general election, they were unsuccessful in winning over moderates and independents.
Sen. Pat Toomey, a retiring senator whose seat was won by Democrat Lt. Governor John Fetterman, accused Trump of squandering the chance for the GOP.
In an interview with Fox News on Saturday, he stated, “The data is overwhelmingly clear — the more candidates who are associated with Donald Trump, the ultra MAGA movement and this false notion that the election was stolen from him in 2020, the more they lost and in many places, it was stark to a more conventional Republican who was winning.”
Toomey called the far-right Republican candidate for governor, Doug Mastriano, “a weak candidate who loses by 15 points, the largest for an open seat since the 1950s,” though he didn’t mention him by name.
He continued by saying “We missed three chances to change the makeup of the House and lost control of the state House. Additionally, the party must overcome Donald Trump.”
Although the results for Alaska, where three candidates competed in a ranked-choice voting method, have not yet been announced, CBS News predicts that Republicans will retain control of the state.
CBS News predicted on Friday night that Arizona Senator Mark Kelly will defeat Republican opponent Blake Masters and gain reelection.
According to CBS News predictions, Republicans will win in Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina while Democrats will prevail in Colorado, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
Voters saw what Senate Democrats were able to accomplish during the last two years:
The American Rescue Plan
The infrastructure bill
The PACT Act for veterans
A major gun safety law
The CHIPS and Science Act
The Inflation Reduction Act
And so, so much more
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) November 13, 2022
Voters said controlling the Senate was crucial to their vote in every Senate contest where CBS News conducted exit polls. In 11 crucial battleground states, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin, CBS News conducted statewide polls.
Voters in each of these states had unfavorable opinions on the nation’s economic situation.
The importance of inflation to voters in most of the Senate battleground states was greater than that of abortion. Exit polling revealed that voters’ top issue in the carefully watched contest in Pennsylvania, where Fetterman defeated Dr. Mehmet Oz of the Republican Party, was abortion, not inflation.
Early exit polling on Tuesday found that almost three in four respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the nation. This includes nearly one-third who claimed to be angry. Nearly 75 percent of respondents stated the economy is weak and almost 50 percent said their family’s financial situation is worse now than it was two years ago.
In total, 35 Senate seats were up for grabs in the 2022 midterm elections, but only about a third were anticipated to be competitive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the US Senate’s current leader?
There are 100 senators in total with two senators from each of the 50 states serving staggered terms of six years to equally represent each state. The vice president of the United States presides over the Senate and serves as its president by virtue of that position. He or she can only cast a vote if the senators are evenly divided.
Which party now holds sway in the Senate?
Democratic vice president Kamala Harris assumed office on January 20, 2021. Charles Schumer is now the majority leader in the Senate thanks to her tie-breaking vote while Mitch McConnell is now the minority leader.
Who controls the Senate in 2022?
In the Senate, where they first gained control in 2020, the Democratic Party maintained its majority. The 34 Senate seats of Class 3 which were last elected in 2016, were all due for election in 2022; Class 3 was made up of 14 Democratic senators and 20 Republican senators at the time.
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