Democrats win the Senate: The news keeps getting better for the White House

Source: ITV Online

US President Joe Biden. Credit: AP


As another batch of final ballots were counted in Nevada overnight, all eyes were on the western state – it had become the unlikely epicentre of a major political drama.

As the count was completed, the Democratic senator in Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto, was announced the winner in her re-election bid. It was by the narrowest of margins, but the news ricocheted across American politics.

The victory by Ms Cortez Masto has huge political significance. It guarantees that Democrats hold 50 seats in the 100-seat chamber and therefore gives them the majority in the US Senate (Vice President Kamala Harris also has a vote and can break any ties).

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Democrats are now giddy with success. They won tough senate battles in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and now Nevada.

President Biden and his team can barely believe they have outperformed expectations to this extent. They have overcome a long-standing trend that the governing party takes a major hit in midterm elections.

No wonder President Biden described himself as “incredibly pleased,” adding: “I feel good, and I am looking forward to the next couple of years.”

As well he might. He can now be certain of appointing judges (including, potentially, Supreme Court justices) and getting other high-profile government officials confirmed.

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