The TBEN News Decision Desk can predict Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto will retain her Nevada seat, defeating Republican challenger Adam Laxalt. With this victory, the Democrats will also retain control of the Senate.
A runoff election in Georgia will determine whether Democrats will have 51 seats or Republicans will have 50 seats, forcing Vice President Harris to cut ties.
Cortez Masto is a former two-term attorney general who made history as the first Latina elected to the Senate in 2016, when she succeeded longtime Democratic Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, who served as Senate majority leader for eight years.
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Laxalt, who succeeded Cortez Masto as state attorney general, is an Iraq war veteran, grandson of the late Nevada governor and senator Paul Laxalt, and the 2018 GOP governor candidate who narrowly lost to the current administration. Steve Sisolak.
Laxalt, who was backed by both former President Donald Trump and longtime Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, was one of the leaders of Trump’s Nevada effort to vainly lose the then-president in the state to now President Biden. to undo.
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In the latter part of this year’s general election, Laxalt gained ground after his campaign and allied Republican groups criticized Cortez Masto on the economy and inflation, thanks in part to a surge in support among Spanish voters.