With Nevada’s close Senate race increasingly moving in the Democrats’ favour, Democrats are only one seat away from maintaining control of the US Senate as all eyes are focused on that state.
Late on Friday, HEADLINESFOREVER predicted that Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona, who was chosen to complete the term of late Republican Sen. John McCain in 2020, will be reelected, capping a run of successes for his party. Voters once again rejected a Trump-backed candidate whom Democrats painted as an extreme after Kelly defeated venture investor Blake Masters, who had repeated the former president’s claims about the 2020 race.
Republicans will hold 49 Senate seats and Democrats will hold 49, so Democrats just need to pick up one more to take control of the chamber (with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie breaking vote). If they are successful in Nevada, where Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is gaining ground on Republican Adam Laxalt, the state’s former attorney general, who called the 2020 presidential election “rigged” and filed lawsuits on Trump’s behalf attempting to overturn Biden’s victory in the Silver State, they may be able to pass that crucial 50-seat threshold.
Although the Nevada Senate election has been in a standstill for months, it may eventually decide how much power each candidate holds in the upper house. In Georgia, where Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker are anticipated to face off in a runoff on December 6, Democrats are also defending a seat, according to HEADLINESFOREVER.
The balance of power in the US House is still uncertain. It is certain, though, that even if Republicans do manage to secure a majority, it will be by a much narrower margin than GOP leaders had anticipated. Republican leaders, especially House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who had anticipated to emerge from these elections with a clear mandate to become the next House majority leader, have already apologised and second-guessed themselves in response to that unexpected outcome.
The run of Democratic victories on Friday night represented a startling turnabout in the fortunes of a party that had seemed to be in serious peril prior to the elections on Tuesday. President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings, an unfavourable economic environment, with inflation and high gas prices pinching families’ budgets nationwide, and historical trends that tend to result in steep losses in the first midterm cycle of a new president made it difficult for candidates like Kelly and Cortez Masto to win.
However, this election cycle has been complicated by a variety of factors influencing voter behaviour, such as the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold abortion rights in June, which infuriated many voters across. Trump’s determination to support far-right candidates who were loyal to him but frequently too extreme to appeal to the swing voters who decide elections also hindered Republicans. In the end, it appears that many independent and moderate voters rejected candidates because they thought they were too extremist or too closely associated with Trump. Meanwhile, Democrats turned out in large numbers to defend their incumbent MPs.
In the last days of the election, prominent Democrats—including former President Barack Obama—swooped into Arizona, saying that the democracy of the country was at stake. This led to Masters’ defeat. Additionally, voters in the Grand Canyon State rejected Republican state representative Mark Finchem’s campaign for chief elections officer of Arizona. Finchem is a vocal election sceptic favoured by Trump. As predicted by HEADLINESFOREVER on Friday night, they will instead choose Democrat Adrian Fontes to serve as Arizona’s next secretary of state.
In Nevada, voters chose Republican Joe Lombardo to replace Democratic Steve Sisolak as the state’s next governor, providing Republicans with their lone bright spot, according to HEADLINESFOREVER. The well-liked sheriff of Clark County, Lombardo, had reminded voters of those hardships when Nevada’s unemployment soared at about 30% during the Covid-19 outbreak. Despite the fact that the economy had improved, Lombardo had contended that Sisolak’s measures had been too stringent and had impeded the state’s ability to recover economically.
In an effort to stir up controversy regarding the ballot counting in Maricopa County, Arizona, some Republicans, including Masters, are already doing so. They claim that the count there was faulty due of the handling of some ballots. The GOP’s Kari Lake and Masters have both complained that the count has been going too slowly.
The largest county in Arizona, Maricopa County, is where Phoenix is located. On Friday, Masters made a similar argument to Lake, calling the counting process there “incompetent,” citing a printer issue that resulted in some ballots not being properly tabulated on Tuesday, despite election officials’ claims that the problem was resolved within hours on Election Day.
Masters further charged that the county had mixed up ballots that had previously been counted with those that had not yet been counted. The election “has highlighted serious weaknesses in Maricopa County’s election administration,” according to a statement from the Republican National Committee and Republican Party of Arizona. Arizona deserves better, including openness, clarity, efficiency, and most importantly, a timely, accurate declaration of the results of the election that can be trusted by all voters.
According to a Maricopa County Elections Department spokeswoman, the county office has “redundancies in place that help us verify each valid ballot is only counted once.” Kyung Lah of HEADLINESFOREVER was told this.
We may isolate the results from those particular places and compare the total ballots with check-ins to make sure they match because ballots are tabulated in batches. This is a long-standing procedure that is carried out with observers from both major parties present, the spokeswoman said.
The head of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Bill Gates, rejected Masters’ proposal that the county should start the counting process over from scratch and said it “is just not allowed for under Arizona law.” According to Gates, the county is counting votes at a similar speed to past years.
When questioned on HEADLINESFOREVER about specific allegations made by the RNC, Gates stated he would prefer that they get in touch with him personally. Republican, I am. On the board, three of my coworkers are Republicans. Instead of making these unfounded assertions, bring up these issues with us and have a conversation with us,” he stated.
Gates continued, “Let the count go on and in the conclusion, if they have issues they choose to take to court, they have every right to do that, and we’ll let that process play out.”
Kelly’s formidable fundraising abilities and distinctive personal brand as the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, a retired astronaut, and a veteran of the Navy put him in a strong position to withstand the headwinds facing Democrats in the 2022 cycle, even in a purple state like Arizona that Joe Biden narrowly won.
With considerable financial support from conservative internet billionaire Peter Thiel, his former boss, Masters, a first-time candidate, was able to make it through the GOP primary minefield. In a campaign film that was made public last year, he stated that he thought Trump would win the 2020 presidential election. He did this to win over Republicans by promising to give immigration concerns top priority.
In what at first appeared to be an effort to appeal to a wider swath of the Arizona electorate, Masters then appeared to moderate his tone regarding the 2020 election results as well as the conservative positions on abortion that he had sought out during the primary. (Although a majority of voters in Arizona are Republicans, independents account for around a third of the electorate and frequently decide close elections.)
After winning the primary election in August, Masters removed all references to election fraud from his website. In response to a question from the moderator during a debate with Kelly, Masters feigned ignorance of any proof of election or vote-counting fraud that might have affected the outcome. Kelly had argued during that debate and on the campaign trail that if election sceptics like Masters were elected, the “wheels” could “come off our democracy.”