The battle for control of Congress is coming down to just a handful of critical races.
As of now, the House of Representatives is likely going to be Republican-controlled once all races are final. The Senate is still to be decided, but the red wave the Republicans were hoping for did not go as expected since Democrats were able to flip some seats.
Several races are still too close to call, so both parties are now keeping their hopes up of winning narrow majorities in both chambers.
Elected Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. John Fetterman was a key win for this party.
“We held the line. I never expected that we were going to turn these red counties blue, but we did what we needed to do, and we had that conversation across every one of those counties,” Fetterman said during his speech last night. “And tonight that’s why I’ll be the next U.S. senator from Pennsylvania.”
As CNN experts said, this victory gave Democrats a much-needed opportunity to maintain control of the upper chamber. CBS analysts said that this was the most expensive race in the country.
The GOP also fell short in Senate races in New Hampshire and Colorado; but took key victories in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio where Republican JD Vance defeated Democratic senate candidate Tym Ryan.
“I will never forget where I came from, I will never forget the great people of Ohio. Thank you for this honor to serve you, I’ll fight for you every day,” Vance said last night.
With the victories in Florida of Republican Congresswoman Maria Salazar, Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Ron DeSantis, the party now holds power in this state.
Control of the House remains uncertain, but Republicans who expected to benefit from high inflation and historical trends have not seen all of their anticipated victories materialize.
Tight races in Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin and Georgia could take days, if not weeks, to be decided, which leaves the balance of power in Washington, D.C. up in the air.