The Chicago Journal

Democrats Keep Senate Influence, Winning Nevada

The Democrats have maintained their narrow majority in the US Senate.

The Senate voted to determine a new chamber of Congress following Nevada’s tightly-contested race between Catherine Cortez Masto and Adam Laxalt. And Cortez Mastro defeated Laxalt. 

Saturday’s race result gives Democrats 50 Senate seats. It will be enough to obtain the majority with Vice President Harris’s tie-breaking vote.

However, the US House is still up for a tough race. Republicans maintain a slim head start to majority rule in America. 

Cortez Masto’s election was a deadlock in the race against Nevada’s Republicans. Cortez Masto’s competition with Laxalt was head-to-head. 

Per AP, Cortez Masto gathered approximately 5,000 votes lead. 

Democrats should be optimistic about their chances of taking back control in the Senate if Raphael Warnock wins against Georgia’s Republican candidate, Herschel Walker.

Triumph of Democrats

The Democrats’ victory in this year’s elections can be attributed mainly to their successful campaign about reproductive rights for women and children. Following the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade, researchers found an increase in women and youth registration. 

The abortion issue is what made the difference for Democrats in this election. Of course, the economy and inflation were top priorities, but voting rights helped them get ahead of their opponent. 

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Senator Amy Klobuchar told NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday that it had been “a great week for democracy.” Moreover, it marked her party’s win to strong candidates “who had experience, who knew how to get things done.” 

“The reason there wasn’t a red wave is because Democrats had a ‘blue wave of accomplishment.’ And we basically defied the tides of history,” she stated, reiterating a statement from Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer. 

Goal in Senate

Klobuchar said that their mission was to decrease costs like pharmaceuticals and protect Social Security, and Medicare. Furthermore, they want to “do all we can to get our economy in a place that works for everyone.” 

The following mandate is to systematize Roe v. Wade.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen with the House. We don’t know if the Republicans will play ball. I’d get rid of the filibuster to do it,” he added. 

And the third one is to secure the country’s democratic state. 

“A lot of the election deniers lost,” Klobuchar said. “So, it shows Americans care about democracy.” 

If the Republicans grab power in the House, then it is nearly impossible for either chamber to find agreement. Meanwhile, a Democratic take-over would keep Biden’s trifecta for two additional years. 

Moreover, a firm Democratic Senate majority tightens Democrats’ capacity to support Biden’s nominees. It includes other future vacancies in the US Supreme Court. 

Meanwhile, the former president’s impact on his party’s odds is now under close observation. This is due to Democrats besting his chosen candidates. 

“Republicans lost the Senate in 2010 and 2012 because they put up poor candidates,” former GOP campaign strategist Liam Donovan said. 

“The difference [in 2022] is that President Trump, I think, locked these fields into questionable candidates. You had people that might have been the strongest staying out because they didn’t want to go anywhere near this. You had a number of strong governors who might have come in and easily won these seats that stayed out.”

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