A week after Midterms Election Day, control of the House and Senate is still not officially settled.
However, the Democratic and Republican parties almost certainly claim a chamber each.
The upper chamber of Congress, the Senate, is to remain under the control of the Democratic Party. On Saturday night Senator Catherine Cortez Masto won Nevada, giving Democrats the 50 seats they needed to retain their slim majority. Republicans have claimed 49 seats and Georgia will hold a runoff next month, but Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris is the deciding vote.
“This election is a victory — a victory and a vindication for the Democrats, for our agenda, and for America and the American people,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Saturday.
The Georgia runoff will be held Dec. 6 between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker.
Meanwhile, the GOP is poised to regain control of the House of Representatives. After victories in Arizona, California and New York Monday night, the Republican Party is one seat away from capturing the lower chamber. The GOP gained eight seats and had 217 as of Tuesday night, while the Democratic Party lost seven seats and had 206.
Republican candidates are ahead in four non-convened races. Attention has turned to counties in California and Colorado that are likely to house the GOP.
Pundits had predicted that the GOP would take over both the House and Senate, but the “red wave” failed to materialize. Some Republicans have blamed former President Donald Trump after candidates he supported lost in high-profile races. Despite this, Trump makes a “big announcement” on Tuesday night that is expected to be the start of his 2024 presidential campaign.
If Republicans win the House of Representatives and Congress is divided, there could be a legislative deadlock for the remainder of President Joe Biden’s term. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives could refuse to approve bills passed by the Senate with a Democratic majority, and vice versa.
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