The Democrat Party will remain in control of the U.S. Senate after incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) narrowly fended off challenger Adam Laxalt (R-NV) by less than 5,000 votes.
Laxalt had the lead when Election Day ended, yet several days of mail-in ballot counting later and the Democrat candidate managed to come out on top with 48.7% of the vote compared to Laxalt’s 48.2%.
Here is where we are — we are up only 862 votes. Multiple days in a row, the mostly mail in ballots counted continue to break in higher DEM margins than we calculated. This has narrowed our victory window. The race will come down to 20-30K Election Day Clark drop off ballots.
— Adam Paul Laxalt (@AdamLaxalt) November 12, 2022
16 hours ago Adam Laxalt’s lead was 8,993.
10 hours ago, with no new dumps since then, and his lead dropped to 862!
We need to know what happened when the tab center’s live-cam went dark for 8 hours!
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) November 12, 2022
With Sen. Mark Kelly’s victory in Arizona, the left has officially solidified Senate control for the next two years.
“The party will retain control of the chamber, no matter how next month’s Georgia runoff plays out, by virtue of Vice President Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote,” reads an Associated Press report.
Cortez Masto, the first Latina to be elected to the Senate, was viewed by many experts as one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the U.S. She was unable to escape the fact that her voting record was in near-complete unison with President Joe Biden, something Laxalt repeatedly emphasized throughout his campaign.
Cortez Masto resorted to other tactics like accusing Laxalt of being in favor of a federal abortion ban, a verifiably false claim.
Laxalt failed to unseat Cortez Masto despite endorsements from GOP heavy hitters like former President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). Cortez Masto’s campaign spent almost four times more money than Laxalt’s.