Most Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans appeared ready to retain control of the upper chamber of Congress in the early hours of Wednesday, as three GOP lawmakers were projected to win the electoral race again, which was considered a toss up.
Four other competing contests featuring Republican Incumbents were still deemed too early to call, but could not stop one of them – North Carolina’s GOM Sen. Thom Tillis – from declaring victory in his re-election bid. , Fox News reported.
Tillis’ challenger in the swing state, Democrat Cal Cunningham, led most of the election during the race, but got embroiled in an extramarital sex scandal last month.
Republicans control the Senate 53–47, meaning Democrats need a net gain of four seats to balance power.
Two seats held by Republicans – Corey Gardner of Colorado and Martha Maxley of Arizona – were projected to go to Democratic former Colorado government John Hanckloper and former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, respectively.
But those GOP losses were partly Republican projected wins over Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of former college football coach Tommy Tuberville of Alabama.
If Republicans retain their control over the Senate, they will almost certainly leave McConnell (R-Q) as the majority leader, presuming to win a seventh term over Democratic challenger Amy McGrath.
McConnell made key points with Republicans – and infected Democrats – by successfully challenging then-President Barack Obama’s 2016 appeal to the Supreme Court by blocking Judge Merrick Garland and nominating President Amy Connie Barrett to President Trump in the High Court last month Deposited
Those moves helped increase the court’s conservative majority to 6-3, and potentially cemented it for decades to come.