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Democrats seal control of U.S. Senate with win in Nevada

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By Tim Reid and Jason Lange

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Democrats will hold onto control of the U.S. Senate after Senator Catherine Cortez Masto won re-election in Nevada, Edison Research projected on Saturday, handing a major victory to President Joe Biden.

Still, Republicans remained close to winning control of the U.S. House of Representatives as officials continued counting ballots cast in Tuesday's U.S. midterm elections.

Cortez Masto narrowly defeated Republican challenger Adam Laxalt, a former state attorney general who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

With Masto's victory on the heels of Democratic Senator Mark Kelly winning re-election in Arizona late on Friday, Democrats will control at least 50 Senate seats, with Vice President Kamala Harris able to break ties in the 100-member chamber.

"America showed that we believe in our democracy, that the roots of democracy are deep and strong," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, told a news conference.

The Senate is currently split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans. The newly elected Senate will be sworn in on Jan. 3.

Continued control of the Senate means Democrats will still be able to approve Biden's nominees such as federal judges. Should a vacancy open in the next two years, that would mean any appointees to the Supreme Court.

If Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock were to win the Dec. 6 Georgia runoff election against Republican challenger Herschel Walker, that would expand Democrats' majority to 51-49. That would give Democrats an additional edge in passing the few bills that are able to advance with a simple majority of votes, instead of the 60 needed for most legislation.

It would also dilute the influence of Democratic Senators Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona, "swing" votes who have blocked or delayed some of Biden's major initiatives, including expansions of some social programs.

WASHINGTON STATE UPSET

It could take several days or more before the outcome of enough House races are known to determine which party will hold the majority in the 435-seat chamber. Republicans continued to have an edge, but returns were still flowing in for several races, including many in liberal-leaning California.

Biden, speaking in Cambodia, said his party would be focused on winning the Georgia Senate race but regarding the prospect of keeping control of the House he said: "It's a stretch."

House Republicans, should they prevail, have pledged to try to roll back Biden victories on battling climate change and want to make permanent a series of 2017 tax cuts that will expire. They also have planned investigations into Biden administration activities and probes of the president's son, who has had business dealings with Ukraine and China.

Democrats scored a significant upset on Saturday with a projected victory in Washington's 3rd congressional district, where Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez defeated Trump-endorsed Joe Kent.

In Nevada, Democrat Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) Aguilar won the race to be the state's next secretary of state, the top election official. He defeated Jim Marchant, a Republican who supported Trump's false claim that he lost the 2020 election to Biden because of voter fraud.

Democrats also defeated Republican candidates in Michigan and Arizona who had supported Trump's false claim and sought to be their state's top elections officials.

Democrats got an important boost late on Friday when Kelly, the Democratic senator for Arizona, was projected to hold onto his seat, defeating Republican Blake Masters, who like Laxalt was endorsed by Trump. Masters has not conceded the race.

"We've seen the consequences that come when leaders refuse to accept the truth and focus more on conspiracies of the past than solving the challenges that we face today," Kelly, a former Navy combat pilot and astronaut, said in a short victory speech to his supporters in Phoenix on Saturday.

No winner was projected yet in the race for Arizona governor, where Democrat Katie Hobbs held a narrow lead over Republican Kari Lake, another pro-Trump election denier.

(Live election results from around the country are here)

JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS AT STAKE

A Democratic-controlled Senate will provide insurance to Biden that his nominees to fill dozens of federal judgeships will win confirmation. That would be particularly crucial to Democrats if a seat on the Supreme Court, which now has a 6-3 conservative majority, were to open up in the final two years of Biden's term.

When the outgoing Senate returns on Monday for a post-election work session that could run through late December, Schumer aims to immediately confirm two more federal judges awaiting final votes.

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

With Republicans' lackluster performance on Tuesday - even if they do win narrow majority control of the House - Trump has been blamed for boosting candidates who were unable to appeal to a broad enough electorate.

A Republican loss in Georgia could further dampen Trump's popularity as advisers say he considers announcing a third run for the presidency in 2024 this week.

Democrats seal control of U.S. Senate with win in Nevada
 

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Alex Malmstrom
Alex Malmstrom Nov 13, 2022 8:59AM ET
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U.S. elections are akin to those of banana republics!
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Alex Malmstrom Nov 13, 2022 8:59AM ET
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Brad Albright  I could care less who won as I'm not an American, just entertained by the demise of America's decay!
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Nov 13, 2022 8:59AM ET
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Let us know when you cannot care less.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Nov 13, 2022 8:59AM ET
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Alex Malmstrom go post about stuff in Moscow, Ivan.
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Benjamin USA  No need, all the commies are in D.C!
Alex Malmstrom
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Brad Albright  Ok, Madeleine!
jason xx
jason xx Nov 13, 2022 6:11AM ET
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How can the house roll back bills that have already passed? Traitor trump is a loser who only cares about himself.
gab nea
gab nea Nov 13, 2022 5:46AM ET
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the Republicans refuse to detach their wagon from the orange monkey! their losses are mounting yet their noses are still up his rear end!
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jason xx Nov 13, 2022 5:46AM ET
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To be honest with traitor trump being the disgrace that he is republicans should not have been able to win anything unless they cut ties with him
gab nea
gab nea Nov 13, 2022 5:43AM ET
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the Republicans are being given by us, the voters another chance at the house! if they resort to obstructions and revenge politics, instead of solutions and vision for the people , not the rich, then we the voters shall throw them out completely!
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jason xx Nov 13, 2022 5:43AM ET
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Agree but there are still plenty of racist nationialist dirt bags that want to see traitor trump in power.
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Nov 13, 2022 4:29AM ET
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GOP: dump Trump or keep losing elections. It is that simple!
Tomek Mi
Tomek Mi Nov 12, 2022 11:21PM ET
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Stocks will dive
John Berry
John Berry Nov 12, 2022 11:21PM ET
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You wish. Trump blows
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Nov 12, 2022 10:51PM ET
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Maga is cucked snowflake losers. Move to ruzzia.
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Nov 12, 2022 10:47PM ET
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I guess all the free money giveaway work for the democrats. The latest is student loan forgiveness. Can't wait for 2024, what idea have they come up with? Credit card forgiveness. Perfect example of how to bribe elections legally
Benjamin USA
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Get cucked, snowflake
Peter Andersen
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Democratic wins hope he will finish the war in ukraine he is the best mann right now
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Nov 12, 2022 10:47PM ET
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I guess asking people to deny facts, abandon democracy and pledge allegiance to an ignorant wannabe tyrant did not work.
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Nov 12, 2022 10:40PM ET
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Well done Democrats! Best midterm performance for sitting party in 20 years
Lauren Grier
Lauren Grier Nov 12, 2022 7:21PM ET
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Democrats are running FRAUD election counting once again - same story as last time, dont release results the day of, take another week to CREATE FALSE BALLOTS. Americans are going to revolt this time!
Patron Silver
Patron Silver Nov 12, 2022 7:21PM ET
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So that's the new play. It's fraud only if your losing
Maximus Maximus
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republicans are such whining little losers
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Nov 12, 2022 7:21PM ET
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Triggered snowflake, lmao
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Nov 12, 2022 7:21PM ET
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You really don't get it, do you. There is no fraud, never was. Trump is a bad loser... His ego does not allow him to say he lost, so he invented the fraude ***.. Grow up.
Brad Albright
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Please explain how this fraud got a Nevada Democrat elected to the Senate and a Republican elected as Governor.
 
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