Kelly praises Arizona election workers as Masters strives to count ‘every legal vote’ in Senate race


Nevada Senate candidates Catherine Cortez Masto and Adam Laxalt. Getty Images

It’s Saturday and election workers are still counting votes in crucial races across the country. Here’s what to know as Election Day turns into election weekend:

Key races in Nevada and Arizona:

The razor-thin elections for the Nevada Senate seat and the Arizona governorship have yet to be called on Saturday as counties in both states scramble to whittle down the tens of thousands of ballots that must yet to be counted.

Democrat Katie Hobbs leads Republican Kari Lake by about 31,000 votes in the race for Arizona governor on Saturday morning after about 80,000 ballots were reported in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county. . And since Friday evening, Republican Adam Laxalt has maintained a slim lead of just over 800 votes over outgoing Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto.

Balance of power in the Senate:

CNN predicted Friday that Democratic Arizona Senator Mark Kelly would beat Republican Blake Masters in Arizona, and Republican Joe Lombardo would beat Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak in Nevada.

Kelly’s victory in the Senate puts Democrats one seat away from maintaining control of the Senate, with only the Nevada race not called. If Cortez Masto wins, the Democrats need at least 50 seats, regardless of the Georgia Senate runoff result. If Laxalt wins, Georgia’s runoff will determine Senate control, as it did in 2021.

House control:

The state of the House, meanwhile, remains up in the air, with 21 races still uncalled. Democrats have won 203 seats so far, while Republicans have won 211 (218 seats are needed to control the House), according to CNN projections. Most House Uncalled races are held in California.

The GOP still seems to be closing in on a majority.

Regardless of the final makeup of both chambers next year, Republicans’ lackluster midterm performance has sparked a backlash against House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, while a handful of Senate Republicans are demanding a postponement of leadership elections scheduled for next week.

The Republicans attack the Count:

The Arizona Masters Senate candidate, the Republican National Committee and the Arizona Republican Party criticized the tabulation process in Maricopa County on Friday.

The groups demanded ‘around-the-clock changes to the processing of ballots’ until all votes are counted, as well as ‘regular and accurate public updates’, and threatened possible legal action. .

“The Republican National Committee’s suggestion that something untoward is happening here in Maricopa County is absolutely false and again, offensive to these fine election workers,” said Bill Gates, chairman of the board of oversight of the county.

Addressing the specific accusations in the RNC statement, Gates said: “I would prefer that if there are any concerns they have that they bring them to us here. I am a Republican. Three of my board colleagues are Republicans. Raise these issues with us and discuss them with us, instead of making these baseless claims.

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