The Democrats will retain control of the US Senate after a key Nevada victory
After a remarkable midterms election result, US President Joe Biden‘s Democrats retained control of the US Senate defying predictions of a Republican win over both houses of Congress.
Democrats have kept control of the Senate after the crucial race in Nevada was announced in their favor.
The general trend in the midterms is that the incumbent president always loses and Trump has lost a huge chunk of seats. But Biden has bucked the trend. So far, they have lost none but gained one in the Senate and are set to retain the upper chamber, and lost only about 11 seats in the House of Reps.
Biden said he was incredibly pleased with the turnout in the US election and said the Republican party would now need to decide “who they are”. Speaking to reporters in Cambodia ahead of an East Asia Summit, Biden said his focus was on the Georgia Senate race.
The victory is another boost for president Joe Biden after his party defied immediate fears that his low popularity ratings and an electorate battered by high inflation would translate to punishment at the polls.
For the Republicans, it was another blow after they steeply underperformed in many races. The party had touted hopes of a “red wave” that could sweep across the US and deliver the upper chamber of Congress into their hands. Instead – with a few exceptions, such as Florida – the wave was more of a trickle.
Earlier, on Friday, Trump’s lawyers challenged a subpoena from the Congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol by his supporters. The subpoena sought to have Trump questioned under oath next week. Still, the lawyers filed a lawsuit arguing he enjoyed “absolute immunity” as a former president from being compelled to testify before Congress.
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