Democrats Gain Senate Control After Expected Nevada Victory

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TBEN News Projects Democrats Gained Control of the Senate After the 2022 midterm exams. This comes after TBEN News predicted Saturday night that incumbent Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez has been re-elected in Nevada after a tense race with Republican challenger Adam Laxalt.

The win gives Democrats an expected 50 seats and control of the Senate regardless of the outcome of the vote Georgia second round election in December between Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

“The election is a great victory for the American people,” Senate Leader Chuck Schumer said in a briefing late Saturday night. “With the races now being held in Arizona and Nevada, the Democrats will have a majority in the Senate and I will once again be the majority leader.”

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Rick Scott, the man charged with helping Republicans gain control of the Senate, is unhappy with the GOP’s performance in the midterm elections.

“Election Day, our voters didn’t show up. We didn’t get enough voters,” he told TBEN News Friday night.

Alaska, which had three candidates on the ballot in a ranked electoral system, has also not been called up yet, but with the top two finishers, both Republicans, TBEN News expects it to remain in Republican hands.

On Friday night, TBEN News projected Arizona sen. Mark Kelly will win the re-election of Republican challenger Blake Masters.

In other states on the battlefield, TBEN News predicted that the races in Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina will go to the Republicans, while the Democrats will win in Colorado, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

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In each of the Senate battlegrounds where TBEN News has conducted exit polls, voters said control of the Senate was important to their vote. TBEN News conducted statewide surveys in 11 major battlefield states: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

In each of these states, voters had a negative view of the country’s economy.

In most states on the Senate battlefield, the inflation issue trumps abortion in terms of the issue’s importance to voters. But in Pennsylvania’s closely watched racewhere Democrat John Fetterman for Dr. Mehmet Oz came out, early exit polls showed abortion outpaced inflation as a concern for voters.

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Nearly three in four voters said they were dissatisfied with the country when they went to the polls on Tuesday, according to early exit polls. That includes nearly a third who said they were angry. Nearly three-quarters said the economy is bad, and nearly half of voters said their families’ finances are worse than they were two years ago.

A total of 35 Senate seats were up for grabs in the 2022 midterm elections, but less than a third was expected to be close.

Musadiq Bidar and Jack Turman contributed to this report.