Fox News’ Decision Desk may predict that Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto will retain her seat in Nevada, beating Republican challenger Adam Laxalt. The win will also give Democrats continued control of the Senate.
A runoff in Georgia will determine whether the Democrats will have 51 seats or the Republicans 50 seats, forcing Vice President Harris to sever ties.
Cortez Masto is a former two-term state attorney general who made history in 2016 as the first Latina elected to the Senate, succeeding longtime Democratic Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, who served eight years. as Senate Majority Leader.
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Laxalt, who succeeded Cortez Masto as state attorney general, is an Iraq War veteran, grandson of former Nevada governor and senator Paul Laxalt, and the gubernatorial candidate of the GOP in 2018 who narrowly lost to the current governor. Steve Sisolack.
Laxalt, who was backed by both former President Donald Trump and longtime Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, was a leader in Trump’s Nevada effort to reverse the unsuccessful 202 defeat of the then president in the state against current President Biden.
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In the home stretch of this year’s general election, Laxalt gained ground after his campaign and allied Republican groups lambasted Cortez Masto on the economy and inflation, and thanks in part to a surge in support among voters. hispanics.