Midterms in the United States. Astronaut Mark Kelly re-elected senator, the majority is getting closer for the Democrats

Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly won re-election in Arizona, putting President Joe Biden’s party just one seat away from retaining a majority in the upper house.

Former astronaut Mark Kelly beat his Republican opponent Blake Masters in this southwestern state.

Democrats one seat from majority

His victory brings the number of Democratic senators to 49. Two seats are still to be filled: that of Nevada, where the count continues – postal voting may delay the announcement of the results by several days or even weeks.

And that of Georgia, where a second round is scheduled for December 6: no candidate has reached the 50% mark, but the Democrat has a slight lead.

If the two parties were to end up with 50 seats each and therefore maintain the status quo, the Democrats would retain control of the Senate thanks to the vote of Vice President Kamala Harris. On the other hand, the Republicans need 51 seats to have a majority, the presidency being Democrat.

On Twitter, Mark Kelly thanked his voters.

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Blake Masters, the defeated candidate in Arizona, has still not recognized his setback.

On Friday night, former President Donald Trump wrote on his social media that some election machines had failed in Arizona, and the result was “a scam and voter fraud.” “Redit the election! “, he urged.

No “red wave”

The Republican “wave” so hoped for by his supporters has not broken and, even if the final results are not yet known, the Democrats seem to have succeeded in limiting the damage.

Several days after the ballot held on Tuesday, the control of Congress remains uncertain. The Republicans seemed well on their way to winning a majority in the House of Representatives, but they were still seven seats short.


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