By Tim Reid and Richard Cowan
PHOENIX (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has received re-election in Nevada, Edison Analysis projected on Saturday in a victory that ensures the Senate will probably be managed by Democrats in 2023.
Cortez Masto defeated Republican challenger Adam Laxalt, a former state lawyer basic who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
With Masto’s victory on the heels of Democratic Senator Mark Kelly profitable re-election in Arizona late on Friday, Democrats now management 50 Senate seats.
That is sufficient to cement Democrats’ management of the Senate in 2023-24, as Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris can break ties within the 100-member chamber, securing victories for President Joe Biden.
If Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock had been to win the Dec. 6 Georgia runoff election in opposition to Republican challenger Herschel Walker, that will develop Democrats’ majority to 51-49. That, in flip, would give Democrats an extra edge in passing a restricted variety of controversial payments which are allowed to advance with a easy majority of votes, as a substitute of the 60 wanted for many laws.
Presently, Democratic Senators Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona are “swing” votes who’ve blocked or delayed a few of Biden’s main initiatives, together with expansions of some social applications.
However with 51 Democratic seats within the Congress that convenes subsequent 12 months, Manchin’s and Sinema’s affect might be barely diluted.