Democrats secure a majority in the Senate

Election week in the US ends with Democrats winning Senate elections in Arizona and Nevada. It also made President Joe Biden optimistic.

US President Joe Biden was pleased with the results of the US Senate elections.

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Good news came for Democrats Saturday night around 9:30 p.m. EST: Their candidate, Catherine Cortez Masto, defended her seat by half a percentage point against Republican challenger Adam Laxalt, the AP reported. Cortez Masto gave Democrats a crucial 50th Senate seat. Unlike two years ago, the party doesn’t have to worry until a Dec. 6 runoff vote in Georgia on whether it will hold a majority in the small chamber of Congress for the next two years. Democrats need 50 seats because they can count on the vote of the head of the Senate, Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris, in the decisive vote.

The fact that the party secured the Senate majority is a validation “for Democrats, our agenda and the American people,” old and likely new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Saturday night. “People are rejecting the anti-democratic, extremist ‘Maga’ Republicans,” he said, echoing Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” motto. Laxalt, the Republican candidate in Nevada, is a Trump supporter. Unlike Trump 2020, Laxalt showed on Saturday on Twitterthat he probably wouldn’t mind the election result.

A good end to a surprisingly strong week for Democrats

This concludes an election week for Democrats that turned out much better than many observers expected: Democrats not only retained the Senate, but now they can even hope to expand their majority there with a victory in Georgia. In the House of Representatives on Saturday night – the 5th day after the election – neither party was able to get a majority of 218 votes. But Republicans are likely to have a slim majority at the end of the count – albeit a far cry from the “red wave” they wanted to sweep the upper house of Congress with.

Fox News pointed out that the election cycle also favored Senate Democrats, as Republicans had 21 Senate seats up for grabs and Democrats only 14. CNN called it a “huge victory for Democrats.”

President Joe Biden had just landed in Cambodia when the news reached him. Asked how he felt about the result, he replied: “I feel good and I’m looking forward to the next years” and looked almost euphoric. The result means for him that in the next two years he will not have to deal with Republican majorities in two chambers of Congress, but at most in one. And even if House Republicans impeached him to get revenge on Democrats for two impeachments against Donald Trump, he would be acquitted in the Senate.

For Democrats as a whole, the majority means they can confirm appointments from among other federal judges and any Supreme Court vacancies in the Senate in the coming months. With these majorities, the scope for political games is significantly less than if one party controlled both chambers and the other provided the president.

Speculation around 2024

Even though the midterm elections are now over, in the US, “After the election is before the election.” On Saturday evening, the attention of political commentators was already focused on November 5, 2024, when the next presidential election is to be held. There was speculation on all television channels about the signals that broadcast the results of the Senate elections for the presidential elections.

Across all parties, there is a lot about Donald Trump: the former president is one of the biggest losers in this congressional election, as almost all of the candidates he favored lost. “Trump Is the Republican Party’s Biggest Loser,” read a headline in the conservative Wall Street Journal opinion section on Thursday. CNN debated whether that would mean he wouldn’t run again in 2024 — which in turn should ease the pressure on Joe Biden to run again. Biden is convinced that he is the only one who can defeat Trump. But over the weekend, he left open the extent to which this week’s events have changed Biden’s own thoughts on 2024.

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