Democratic United States Senator Catherine Cortez Masto was on course to winning the Nevada seat on Saturday, Reuters reported. The win would allow the Democrats to retain control of the Senate.
Election research agency Edison Research predicted that Masto would narrowly defeat Republican candidate and former state attorney general Adam Laxalt.
Masto’s victory was projected a day after Democratic Senator Mark Kelly was projected to win the election from Arizona. With the two wins, the Democrats will hold at least 50 seats in the 100-member Senate, which is the upper chamber of the United States Congress.
The Republican party also holds 50 seats in the Senate, but Vice President Kamala Harris can cast her vote in case of a tie.
Democrat control of the Senate would mean a smoother process for appointing candidates for the Cabinet and the judiciary. The Senate will also be able to reject legislation passed in the House if the Republicans wins there. The House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that voters soundly rejected the “anti-democratic, authoritarian, nasty and divisive” approach of the Republicans, the Associated Press reported.
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