Democrats retain hold of US Senate despite ‘red tide’

Phoenix, Nov. 13 (Reuters) – Democrats remain in control of the U.S. Senate.

Democratic leaders described the decision — which sealed the incumbent senator’s victory in Nevada late Saturday — as both a vindication of their agenda and a rebuke of Republican candidates.

“We were on the brink of tyranny, and thank God, the American people pushed us back in this election,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said at a news conference on Sunday.

The better-than-expected performance gave Biden, who has struggled with low approval ratings ahead of Tuesday’s election amid persistently high inflation, a political boost ahead of what was expected to be serious talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on a range of geopolitical issues. Monday in Indonesia.

However, Republicans were close to taking control of the House of Representatives as officials continued to count votes, with revenue still flowing into several races, including several in liberal-leaning California.

Late Saturday, Republicans had 211 seats and Democrats 205, with 218 needed for a majority. It could be several days before the results of enough House races are known to determine which party will control the 435-seat chamber.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 82, told ABC News and CNN that she would not make any announcements about whether she plans to remain in the House leadership until control of the chamber is decided. There had been speculation that she would resign if Democrats lost the majority, especially after her husband was attacked by an intruder in their San Francisco home last month.

House Republicans have vowed, if they win, to try to roll back legislation led by Biden to fight climate change and to make the 2017 tax cuts permanent. They have also vowed to investigate Biden administration actions and investigations into the president’s son, who had business ties to Ukraine and China.

Jim Banks, a Republican congressman from Indiana, said he expected his party to win a slim majority in the House on Sunday and act as the “last line of defense against the Biden agenda” as he begins hearings about the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. , Covid and the emergence of pandemic lockdowns.

“This should be a focal point for every caucus in Congress, especially the Republican-controlled House,” Banks said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Focusing on Georgia

Democrats have controlled the Senate for the past two years, 50 of its 100 seats, with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote.

Their majority was captured by Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, who narrowly defeated Republican Adam Laxalt.

“When the national pundits said I couldn’t win, I knew Nevada would prove them wrong,” Cortez Masto said in his victory speech Sunday morning.

For the Senate, attention will now turn to Georgia, where Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker will face each other on Dec. They will face each other in the run-off on the 6th. If Warnock wins, the Democrats’ 51-49 majority will give them an additional boost. In passing some bills that can move forward with a simple majority, instead of the 60 required for most laws.

Trump, who has been circling the 2022 midterm elections all year, has used his continued popularity among hard-right conservatives to influence Republican nominees for congressional, gubernatorial and local races.

Despite the lackluster performance of Republicans — even as they won a narrow majority in the House — Trump Accused To promote candidates who cannot appeal to a wide enough electorate.

The Republican loss in Georgia could dent Trump’s popularity as advisers say he will announce a third run for the presidency this week in 2024.

The result could boost the Florida governor’s chances Ron DeSantisShe defeated her Democratic opponent on Tuesday and is challenging Trump for the 2024 presidential nomination.

Democrats portrayed Republicans as extremists, pointing to the Supreme Court’s ruling to eliminate the nationwide right to abortion and the hundreds of Republican candidates who encouraged Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.

Even as pundits in Washington predicted big losses and called for a change in approach, Pelosi attributed her party’s performance to Democratic candidates knowing their districts and focusing on issues voters care about.

“They knew the value of a woman’s right to choose. They knew how important it was to protect our democracy. They knew the difference between themselves and their opponents,” Pelosi told ABC.

Democrats with continued control of the Senate can still approve Biden’s nominations, such as federal judges. That includes appointees to the Supreme Court if any vacancies open up in the next two years on a bench with a 6-3 conservative majority.

Reporting by Tim Reed in Phoenix and Kanishka Singh, Richard Cowan and Jason Lange and Joel Schechtman in Washington; By Kanishka Singh and Nathan Lane; Editing: William Mallard and Bill Bergrod

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