Democrats retain control of the US Senate

The Democratic Party won the seat it lacked on Saturday to retain control of the United States Senate, a decisive victory for the continuation of Joe Biden’s presidency, which definitively buries Republican hopes of a “red wave”.

Four days after the midterm elections, US media declared victory for Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in the key state of Nevada.

The incumbent narrowly beat Adam Laxalt, a candidate supported by former President Donald Trump, according to American television networks.

His re-election brings the number of Democrats elected to the Senate to 50 out of 100, which allows Joe Biden’s party to keep control of the upper house of Congress. Under the Constitution, Vice President Kamala Harris has the power to decide between senators.

The Democrats could still win a seat in the state of Georgia, where a runoff will be held on December 6.

The Republicans, who did not achieve the tidal wave expected during this vote traditionally unfavorable to the ruling party, however seem able to regain a majority in the House of Representatives.

They should use it to launch numerous parliamentary inquiries into the administration of Joe Biden, or those close to him.

But without the Senate, they will not be able to pass laws contrary to its objectives, particularly on abortion or the climate, nor block its appointments of judges, ambassadors and government officials.

In addition, their victory promises to be much shorter than announced. The NBC News channel projected a frail majority of five seats for the Republicans on Saturday morning with 220 elected against 215 for the Democrats.

Nearly 20 polls have still not given their verdict, however, mainly in California.

Driven by high inflation, Republicans have long believed they have a boulevard ahead of them to regain both chambers in this traditionally difficult election for the ruling party.

Setback for Trump

Their disappointing results are raising agitation among their elected officials in Congress, auguring possible settling of scores.

In a letter revealed by Politico, several Trumpist senators are asking to postpone the vote to elect their Senate leader scheduled for next week, appearing to challenge tenor Mitch McConnell who wants to be reappointed.

“We are all disappointed that a ‘red wave’ (their party’s color) has not materialized, and there are several reasons for this,” they write, wishing to open a debate on this subject.

The end of Republican illusions for the Senate represents a setback for Donald Trump, who is expected to announce on Tuesday that he will be a presidential candidate, his third attempt.

Already on Friday, the Democrats had won in Arizona, where the outgoing Mark Kelly had beaten the Republican Blake Masters, who had received the strong support of the former head of state, and who has still not recognized his defeat.

Stung by this setback in Arizona, which adds to other failures of his foals, the Republican billionaire once again shouted “electoral fraud” refusing to admit the verdict of the polls, as he has done since his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.

Even if his influence on the Republican Party remains undeniable, he is actually coming out of the mid-term elections weakened and seems to want to act quickly to pull the rug out from under his rivals.

Among them is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, triumphantly reelected and new star of the hard right.

His success has not escaped the billionaire, who chained this week spades and mockery against the one he nicknamed “Ron-la-Morale”.

And, coincidence of the calendar or not, Tuesday will also be the day of the release of the memoirs of another possible competitor of Donald Trump, his former vice-president Mike Pence.

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