Democrats retain grip on US Senate, defying Republican ‘red wave’ predictions

House Republicans, if they win, have pledged to try to roll back Biden-led legislation to tackle climate change and want to make permanent a series of 2017 tax cuts that are set to expire. They also promised investigations into the activities of the Biden administration and investigations into the president’s son, who had business dealings with Ukraine and China.

Jim Banks, a Republican congressman from Indiana, said Sunday he expected his party to win a narrow majority in the House and serve as a “last line of defense to block Biden’s agenda.” , while launching investigations into the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. , the origin of COVID-19 and pandemic closures.

“This needs to be a focal point of every congressional committee, especially in the Republican-controlled House,” Banks said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday.

FOCUS ON GEORGIA

Democrats will control the Senate, as they have for two years, with 50 of its 100 seats, under Vice President Kamala Harris holding the deciding vote.

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

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

For the Senate, the focus will now shift to Georgia, where Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker will face off in a runoff on Dec. 6. If Warnock were to win, the Democrats’ 51-49 majority would give them an extra edge in passing the few bills able to advance by a simple majority, rather than the 60 needed for most laws.

Trump has been hovering over the 2022 midterm elections all year, which has used his continued popularity among far-right conservatives to sway the candidates the Republican Party has nominated for the congressional races, running for office. of governor and local.

With Republicans performing poorly — even though they get a slim majority in the House — Trump has been blamed for boosting candidates who couldn’t appeal to a large enough electorate.

A Republican defeat in Georgia could further hurt Trump’s popularity as advisers say he plans to announce a third run for president in 2024 this week.

The result could boost the odds that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who routed his Democratic challenger on Tuesday, will choose to challenge Trump for the 2024 presidential nomination.

Democrats had portrayed Republicans as extremists, pointing to the Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate a national abortion right and the hundreds of Republican candidates who promoted Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent.

Pelosi credited his party’s performance to Democratic candidates knowing their constituencies and focusing on issues that mattered to voters, even as Washington pundits were predicting big losses and calling for a change in approach.

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

Continued Senate scrutiny means Democrats will still be able to endorse Biden nominees such as federal judges. That would include Supreme Court appointees if vacancies open up over the next two years on the bench with a 6-3 Conservative majority.

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