Democrats could expand control of the Senate

Catherine Cortez Masto had already been written off by many Democrats before the congressional elections in America. The Senator from Nevada, who became the first Latina to enter the second chamber in 2017, was behind her Republican challenger Adam Laxalt in the polls for weeks. This one had 2020 in its name Donald Trump’s tries to overturn the result of the presidential election in Nevada, where Joe Biden narrowly won. The Democrats’ calculation was clear: In order to compensate for the alleged loss of the Senate seat in Nevada, one must gain one in Pennsylvania.

Majid Sattar

Political correspondent for North America based in Washington.

The situation has been different since Saturday. After more postal votes from Clark County, by far the largest constituency encompassing the metropolis of Las Vegas Nevada’s, had been tallied, Cortez Masto was suddenly ahead of the Republican. The AP news agency declared her the winner. The Democrats are now secure 50 Senate seats – and with them control of the 100-member lower chamber, since Vice President Kamala Harris is the “tie-breaker”. On Friday, Arizona incumbent Mark Kelly won the Senate seat after beating Blake Masters, another Trump-backed candidate.

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