The wait for Nevada comes after Kelly’s win over Republican Blake Masters in Arizona.
If Cortez Masto wins, the Democrats will retain control of the Senate. If Laxalt wins, the country will again look to a runoff in Georgia to determine the balance of power in the chamber.
Laxalt acknowledged on Saturday that the count was in favor of his opponent.
“That’s where we are – we’ve only won 862 votes. Several days in a row, most counted mail-in ballots continue to break within higher DEM margins than we calculated,” he tweeted. “It reduced our window of victory. The race will come down to 20-30,000 Clark ballots on Election Day.
Laxalt added, “If it’s GOP speakers or slightly leaning DEM, we can still win. If they continue to have a strong DEM trend, it will overtake us.
The battle for the Chamber was also in the air on Saturday. As it stands, the Republicans won 211 seats and the Democrats 199 seats. A total of 218 are needed to win, and there are outstanding votes to count in multiple races.
The GOP is still favored to regain control of the House, but Democrats have an outside chance to retain their majority if they sweep the remaining draws.
Georgia’s runoff election between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker will take place on December 6. In January 2021, two polls in the state gave Democrats control of the Senate.
That the Democrats are set to hold the Senate is a big disappointment for Republicans, who expected a red tide to sweep over them in power. Days before the election, Senator Rick Scott, chairman of the Senate GOP campaign arm, predicted that Republicans would win at least 52 seats in the chamber.
The disappointing GOP results sparked infighting and blame within the party, with Republicans blaming everyone from Scott to former President Donald Trump to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for the losses.
Midterm elections are usually a boon for the ruling party, and rising inflation and crime across the country put the GOP in an even more favorable political environment. But another so-called “fundamental” worked against the party: Republicans were responsible for a major shock to the status quo when the Supreme Court ended the national abortion right for nearly 50 years, which that motivated many voters, especially those in the Democratic Base.
The Nevada governor’s race, however, provided a glimmer of hope for the GOP. On Friday, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak conceded to Republican Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo. Lombardo was one of the most popular Republican gubernatorial recruits this cycle.
But Lombardo’s win makes him the only Republican to defeat a Democratic incumbent this cycle — a disappointment for the GOP, which has failed to win states like Michigan, New Mexico, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania.