(WASHINGTON) A Democratic senator in Arizona has won re-election, US media said on Friday, leaving President Joe Biden’s party with just one seat to retain its upper house majority.
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Former astronaut Mark Kelly has defeated his Republican rival Blake Masters in this southwestern state, three television channels have confirmed.
His victory brings the number of Democratic senators to 49. Two more seats are up for grabs: in Nevada, where counting is ongoing, and in Georgia, where a runoff is scheduled for Dec. 6.
If both parties end up with 50 seats each and the status quo is maintained, the Democrats would have control of the Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris’ vote.
Blake Masters, the losing candidate in Arizona, still hasn’t figured out his setback.
On Friday night, former President Donald Trump wrote on his social media that some election machines in Arizona had failed, resulting in “scam and voter fraud.” “Change the election again! “, he urged.
The Republican “wave” that his supporters had hoped for has not broken, and although the final results are still unknown, the Democrats appear to have succeeded in limiting the damage.
Days after Tuesday’s vote, control of Congress remains uncertain. Republicans are well on their way to winning a majority in the House of Representatives, but they are still seven seats short.