NEVADA, November 12, 2022—Democrats have kept control of the Senate after the crucial race in Nevada was announced in their favor, cementing a midterms election performance for the party that widely beat expectations.
Democratic US senator Catherine Cortez Masto has now beaten Republican challenger Adam Laxalt, a former state attorney general who was endorsed by former president Donald Trump, the Associated Press said.
With Masto’s victory coming on the heels of Democratic senator Mark Kelly winning re-election in Arizona late on Friday, the win takes the Democrats to the crucial number of 50 seats in the Senate, with the Republicans at 49. The race in Georgia is set to go to a runoff in December. The Georgia’s special election matters because the Republicans need to maintain the 50-50 split, which will make it more difficult for the Democrats to pass legislation and/or to confirm nominees. I
The U.S. Constitution grants authority to the vice president during tie breaking votes alone with having the authority to serve as the resident of the Senate.
If the challenges uphold the projected winners in Arizona and Nevada, the vice-president will be the tie breaker only when there is a 50/50 vote.
Vice President Harris cast her 25th tiebreaking vote with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which has not cut inflation, but added to the National debt.
Source: The Guardian wrote the original article.