US Democrats maintain Senate majority

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A general view of the US Capitol on June 6, 2009. (Photo: Flickr)
WASHINGTON, DC — President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party retained control of the US Senate on Saturday, a remarkable midterm election result that defied predictions of a Republican win over both houses of Congress.اضافة اعلان

Midterms traditionally deliver a rejection of the party in power, and with inflation surging and Biden’s popularity in the doldrums, Republicans had been expecting to ride a mighty “red wave” and capture the Senate and the House of Representatives.

US networks on Saturday called the key Senate race in Nevada for Democrat incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto, giving the party the 50 seats it needs for an effective majority.

The win clinches Democratic control in the Senate as Vice President Kamala Harris can cast the tie-breaking vote if the upper chamber is evenly split 50-50.

One Senate race remains up in the air — a runoff in Georgia set for December 6, in which the Democrats could add to their majority.

The result in the House of Representatives still hangs in the balance, and while Republicans are slightly favored to take control, it would be with a far smaller majority than they had envisaged going into Tuesday’s election.

While more than 100 Republican candidates who challenged the 2020 presidential election results won their races, according to US media projections, some of the candidates hand-picked by former president Donald Trump underperformed and the Republicans’ poor showing overall was a damaging political blow.

Trump is set to declare his 2024 White House bid on Tuesday -- an announcement he had planned as a triumphant follow-on to an expected crushing election victory by the party he still dominates.

Maintaining control of the Senate means Biden and the Democrats will retain key leverage in legislative debates, particularly in domestic and foreign spending policy.

The underwhelming outcome for Republicans has prompted a bout of internal finger-pointing, with targets including Trump, party leaders, and campaign messaging.

US media on Saturday cited a letter circulated by three Republican senators calling for the postponement of party leadership elections currently scheduled for the middle of next week.

“We are all disappointed that a red wave failed to materialize, and there are multiple reasons it did not,” the letter said.

“We need to have serious discussions within our conference as to why and what we can do to improve our chances in 2024,” it added.

After the Senate result was projected, Republican Senator from Missouri Josh Hawley called in a tweet for the party to “build something new”.

“The old party is dead. Time to bury it.”

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