November 15, 2022: -Democrats will maintain their thin bulk in the U.S. Senate, NBC News stated, staving off a thing by Republicans to give a chance to the economic volatility and open dissatisfaction for controlling the upper section of Congress.
The party will hold about 50 seats in the Senate in the coming Congress after incumbents held their ground in critical races, and Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is flipping Pennsylvania’s GOP-held seat.
One race, where Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia defeats his seat against Republican Herschel Walker, deciding in a December 6 runoff. Democrats control the Senate split equally by party through Vice President Kamala Harris’ vote.
Therefore, the GOP held some critical advantages over Democrats throughout the cycle; analysts have said the fight for the Senate to be a virtual toss-up going into Election Day. Incumbent Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto prevailed in their closely contested races. NBC is projecting, after days of counting in both states, which defeats the chamber for Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer calls the election results “a victory and vindication for Democrats.”
Republicans are hoping and had openly expected a “red wave” that would remove Democrats from their prevalence in both branches of the legislature. A flip in congressional leadership would threaten President Joe Biden’s legislative theme and capacity to advance key nominations for his coming two years in office.
But that wave never materialized. Democratic participants up and down the ballot outperformed expectations from analysts who anticipated that Biden’s unpopularity, paired with historical electoral trends and persistently increased inflation, could yield a rout for the group in power.
Senate Democrats will hold their majority and could add to it if Warnock defeats Walker. It provides the party one more check against the GOP if Republicans change control of the House.
NBC News still needs to project House control as states keep counting votes in tight races.
NBC is estimating Republicans are winning 219 House seats once all uncalled races are settled, barely enough for a majority, while Democrats could win 216. The projection maintains a margin of error of plus-or-minus four seats.