US midterm polls: Democrats to retain Senate

13 November, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Media reports state that Democrats will maintain their slim Senate majority for the ensuing two years following victories in tight races in Nevada and Arizona.

Media reports state that Democrats will maintain their slim Senate majority for the ensuing two years following victories in tight races in Nevada and Arizona. Republicans now hold 49 Senate seats versus the 50 held by Democrats.

Joe Biden will get an additional two years to nominate judges for the federal courts and staff his administration largely in accordance with his preferences when the Democrats win the last seat in Nevada and Georgia, which would give them the majority they already have. President Biden will be benefited greatly from maintaining Senate control for the final two years of his first term in office.

Democratic senators will be able to vote to approve Biden’s judicial picks, avoiding situations like the one former President Barack Obama had in 2016 when Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court was blocked by then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Additionally, it implies that Senate Democrats can reject House-passed legislation and establish their own agenda.

Republicans look to be edging closer to a majority in the House of Representatives, which will have significant effects on Joe Biden’s administration during the following two years.