BREAKING Democrats keep control of Senate after Catherine Cortez Masto holds off Adam Laxalt to win tight race in Nevada with one seat still up for grabs in Georgia
- The AP called Nevada race for Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto on Saturday evening
- It gives Democrats 50 seats in the Senate and means they retain control
- Chuck Schumer said voters had rejected ‘extremist MAGA Republicans’
It means Democrats have won 50 seats, enough to hold the majority with Vice President Kamala Harris‘s casting vote – and with one race still undecided in Georgia.
Cortez Masto beat Republican challenger Adam Laxalt, a former state attorney general who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
‘Thank you, Nevada,’ she wrote in a one-line tweet.
Laxalt’s defeat cements a poor showing for Republicans, who hoped that President Joe Biden’s low popularity rating, a cost of living crisis, and the usual backlash against he party in power would deliver them sweeping gains.
Trump himself has emerged as a GOP scapegoat as several of his picks performed badly.
GOP challenger Adam Laxalt (left) lost to Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (right) in the Nevada Senate race. It means Democrats retain control of the Senate
Democrats retained control of the Senate with a 50th seat called for the party on Saturday
Democrats reacted with delight.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, who will expect to return as majority leader, said the result was a victory for the American people and vindication for his party.
‘There were three things that helped the Senate secure the majority: One, our terrific candidates; two, our agenda and our accomplishments; and three, the American people rejected the anti-democratic, extremist MAGA Republicans.’
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Sen. Gary Peters said: ‘Voters across the country have delivered a resounding endorsement of Democrats’ Senate majority.
‘These historic results in race after race speak for themselves, and they reflect the strength of our candidates, the popularity of Senate Democrats’ message to the American people, and a rejection of the extremism espoused by the GOP.’
Republicans are already embarked on a post-mortem examination, with some key voices asking whether they needed a more position message – rather than simply bashing Democrats.
Most forecasters predicted a narrow Republican edge in the battle for control of the Senate.
However, key races in Pennsylvania, Arizona and now Nevada all went to Democrats.
They could yet pick up one more seat in Georgia, where Senator Raphael Warnock faces former football star Herschel Walker in a December run-off. Walker has been rocked by repeated allegations that he paid for abortions and pressured women to have terminations despite running on an anti-abortion platform.