Democrats are set to have a majority in the Senate after a win in Nevada, electing Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto instead of Adam Laxalt. Fifty seats are now in Democratic control and 49 Republican.
A runoff election is being held December 6 in Georgia between Republican Herschel Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. Even if Walker wins, the Democrats have Kamala Harris as a tie breaker vote.
Twenty one Republicans were up for re-election this term while there were only fourteen Democrats. Democrats have not been in control of the Senate since 2015.
The win will help the Biden Administration and enable Democrats to confirm Supreme Court Justice nominees. However, Republicans are on their way to having a majority in the House. They currently hold 211 seats, 218 are needed for a majority.
“I feel good and I’m looking forward to the next couple years," Biden told NBC.
Democrats ran campaigns that heavily focused on the abortion issue and the overturn of Roe v. Wade last summer. Republicans focused more on crime, inflation and the border crisis.
The new Congress will be sworn in January 3, 2023.