Democratic Party to retain majority control of US Senate after winning pivotal race in Nevada

The Democratic Party will retain majority control of the US Senate after winning a pivotal race in Nevada. President Joe Biden’s Democrats retained control of the U.S. Senate on Saturday, a remarkable midterms election result that defied predictions of a Republican win over both houses of Congress.

Midterms traditionally deliver a rejection of the party in power, and with inflation surging and Mr. 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. But the wave never got much beyond a ripple.

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.

The two parties had been neck-and-neck at 49 seats each after Democrat Mark Kelly was projected to win a tight Senate race in Arizona on Friday evening.

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

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