State Politics

Democrats Retain the Senate; Republicans Take the House

David Maiolo, Public Domain, 23 April 2010, via Wikimedia Commons

After almost a week of voting tabulation, hotly contested battleground state Nevada re-elected Democrat Catherine Cortez-Masto to the United States Senate, securing Democrat control of the Senate. Her Trump-backed opponent, Republican Adam Laxalt, was leading in votes, but as more mail in and absentee ballots were counted, Cortez Masto overtook and defeated Laxalt with a narrow 48.9% of the vote, compared to Laxalt’s 48% of the vote.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, photo by Gage Skidmore, Public Domain, 15 February 2020, via

Republicans, who banked upon a “Red Wave” to lead them to victory and control both branches of Congress, are now struggling to regroup and re-assess their party’s endeavors. With Democratic control of the Senate, President Joe Biden can continue his rebuilding and reshaping of the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, which is currently packed with three conservative Trump appointees. The Senate now sees a Democratic majority of 50/49, with one seat remaining contested, that being the Georgia race which is headed to a runoff election.

With all of this being said, the House of Representatives has seen Republicans take control, holding an incredibly narrow majority of 218 seats; the minimum number of seats required to hold a majority. Democrats, on the other hand, hold 211 seats, and with 6 uncalled seats, the likelihood of Democrats winning every single remaining seat are slim. Republicans will still have a very fragile majority regardless of the outcomes of these 6 remaining seats. Ultimately, the House will be largely gridlocked, regardless of party control.

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