Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto holds onto US Senate seat in Nevada

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Democrats will retain control of the Senate over Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D-NV) narrow election victory over Republican Adam Laxalt, the The Bharat Express News predicted Saturday night.

The race results come after several days of delayed ballot counting — Cortez Masto took a win by just under 5,000 votes by the time the The Bharat Express News mentioned the race, with Cortez Masto’s 48.7 percent and Cortez Masto’s 48.2 percent. former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

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With the victory of Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly in Arizona, Democrats will now have a 50-49 majority in the Senate.

“The party will retain control of the chamber regardless of how Georgia’s runoff election unfolds next month, thanks to the casting vote of Vice President Kamala Harris,” the TBEN reported.

Celebrating her win, Cortez Masto tweeted a photo of herself along with the simple caption, “Thanks, Nevada!”

The race was tense for months, with both candidates often predicted to win within a margin of error. Closer to Election Day, some polls showed Laxalt took a small lead, and by Election Day, RealClearPolitics average in favor of Laxalt on 3.4 points.

Cortez Masto, the first Latina elected to the Senate, was widely regarded as one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the nation and struggled to dodge the fact that her voting record matched President Joe Biden nearly 100 percent of the time. Her reelection campaign focused heavily on abortion, which has been locked down in the Silver State for up to 24 weeks. She often claimed Laxalt Would Support Federal Abortion Ban Even Though He Has explicitly stated that he believes the abortion law should be decided by states.

Laxalt made sure to emphasize Cortez Masto’s Biden-friendly record during his own campaign, and focused heavily on the economy, inflation, crime and the border. He also got a boost from some conservative endorsements from big names, including former President Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Spending in the Senate race would be nearly $109 million by election day, CNN reported. According to to OpenSecrets, Cortez Masto spent nearly four times what Laxalt spent to keep her seat, $46.6 million to $12.4 million on Oct. 19.