- Judd Sherine in Washington and George Wright in London
- BBC News
After the expected victory in Arizona, US President Joe Biden moved closer with the Democratic Party to maintaining control of the Senate.
Three days after the Americans cast their votes, CBS (the BBC’s American partner) suggested that Democrat Mark Kelly would win over his Republican challenger, Blake Masters.
With this victory, the Democrats have 49 seats and the Republicans 49 seats in the Senate, until the results of the states of Nevada and Georgia appear.
The vote counting in Nevada reveals a tight convergence of results between the two candidates, while the race will be decided in Georgia next month in a run-off.
If the Democrats win one of the two states, they will maintain control of Congress, because the vice president can overturn the outcome of the House vote in their favour.
Republicans can still control the US House of Representatives, with vote counting continuing in a few districts after Tuesday’s election.
And if the Republicans win one or both houses, they will be able to thwart much of what Biden has on his agenda.
Former astronaut Mac Kelly, whose wife, Gaby Giffords, survived an assassination attempt when she was an MP, was elected for the first time two years ago to serve the remainder of the term of late Senator John McCain.
“Since day one, this campaign has included many Arizonas – Democrats, Independents and Republicans – who believe in working together to tackle the great challenges we face,” Kelly said in a statement.
His opponent, Blake Masters, won the support of former President Trump, a 36-year-old venture capitalist candidate with insufficient political experience. Masters had refused to accept the results of the 2020 election, repeating false allegations that it was rigged.
Masters’ campaign organizers sent a letter to supporters on Thursday, saying they had seen “disturbing things” during the election and calling for participation, the New York Times reported. “We expect strife and legal battles to come,” they said.
The results represent another blow to Republicans who had hoped for an “electoral defeat that would deliver a harsh rebuke to President Biden and Democrats.”
While the Republican Party made modest gains and remained the favorite to win the House, the Senate remained fiercely contested, and Democrats fared better than expected.
The midterm elections for Congress consist of two parts – the election of the House of Representatives and the election of senators.
Congress makes local laws. The House decides which bills should get a vote, while the Senate can block or approve them, confirm appointments made by the president, and rarely investigates.
These elections are held every two years at the midpoint of the president’s four-year term.
What is the secret of the importance of the midterm elections to the US Congress?
Each state is represented by two members of the Senate, whose term of office lasts 6 years. Representatives serve two years and represent the smaller provinces.
All House seats were up for a vote in the midterm elections, along with a third of the Senate.
Many major states also hold elections to appoint their governor and local officials.