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Democrats retain their majority in the Senate

The results of the US midterm elections are clear: Biden’s Democrats have a majority in the Senate. In Nevada, the race was close.

In the US congressional elections, President Joe Biden’s Democrats retained their majority in the Senate, scoring an important political victory. She managed to retain a hard-fought Senate seat in the state of Nevada, as the AP news agency and major US television stations reported on Saturday evening (local time) based on vote counts. This gives Democrats the number of senators they need to control the chamber of Congress. It is not yet clear who will speak in the House of Representatives in the future.

Before the election, a wave of success for the Republicans and a defeat for the Democrats were predicted. But none happened. Democrats performed much better than expected.


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The Congress elections were already held last Tuesday. Voting at the midpoint of Biden’s four-year term showed 435 House seats and nearly a third of the Senate seats up for grabs. Also, important governorships were filled in numerous states.

Democrats get 50 of the 100 seats

Vote counting in Nevada took a long time due to the extremely close race between the two candidates and the state’s electoral peculiarities. After a nail-biting few days, Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto prevailed over Republican challenger Adam Laxalt.

That brings Democrats to 50 of the chamber’s 100 seats — and they’ve already secured a Senate majority, though a race for one Senate seat in Georgia is still open. The context is that Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris, who is also the president of the Senate, was allowed to vote on a deadlock. That means even if Republicans win Georgia, the balance of power in the Senate will be 50-50, as it has been for the past two years — and Harris keeps Democrats with a slim majority.

Biden expressed his satisfaction with the results. “I’m incredibly pleased with the outcome,” Biden said in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, where he is attending the ASEAN Summit. The results reflect the quality of the Democratic candidates.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said voters strongly opposed the “anti-democratic, authoritarian, corrupt and divisive direction” that parts of the Republican Party wanted to take the country under former President Donald Trump. The election was a victory and a vindication for the Democratic Party.

Runoff in Georgia

In Georgia, on December 6, there will be a runoff election for one Senate seat: between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and his Republican challenger Herschel Walker, as neither received more than 50 percent of the vote in their first attempt. If Democrats also win Georgia, they will have 51 Senate seats and no longer have to rely on Harris to break the deadlock.

This scenario will be a little more comfortable for Biden than before. Because the first half of his tenure has shown how difficult it is to govern with a wafer-thin majority in the Senate. Two party colleagues made his life especially difficult there: Senators Joe Manchin and Kirsten Sinema blocked several of Biden’s projects.

The Senate is of particular importance in the political power structure of the United States. Important personal appointments at the federal level – such as ambassadors, cabinet members or federal judges – must be confirmed by the Senate. The appointment of judges is particularly important.

The race for the House of Representatives is still open

Biden is now confident of an opportunity to push through more nominations. How much the president can achieve politically in the second half of his term now depends primarily on whether his Democrats lose their majority in the House of Representatives – which is currently seen as more likely – or whether they are likely to hold on to the majority. chamber


SULTAN MAHMUDhttps://nextpress.news/
Bangladesh Politics, Political Development, Party Politics, International Affiars, Liberation War of Bangladesh, Peace and Conflict & Conflict Resolution, Security Studies.
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