With 211 seats so far, Republicans look poised to win a slim majority in the 435-seat House of Representatives. However, Senate control could amount to a Dec. 6 drain in the southeastern state of Georgia.
With both parties tied at 49 Senate seats, Democrats now need just one more win to retain control of that chamber, as Vice President Kamala Harris will cast all the deciding votes in the upper house.
Also on Friday, Trump’s lawyers challenged a subpoena from the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by his supporters.
They claimed he had “absolute immunity” and would not testify next week.
The subpoena is “void, illegal and unenforceable,” the lawyers in the lawsuit said, because Trump is “absolutely inviolable to testify before Congress … regarding his actions as head of an equivalent branch of government.”
Trump’s early participation in the race may be in part intended to fend off potential criminal charges for taking top-secret White House documents; its efforts to reverse the 2020 elections; and the attack on the United States Capitol.
It may also be intended to undermine his main potential rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.