Democrats need to pick up only one, with VP Kamala Harris serving as the tie-breaker.
Democrat Mark Kelly has won the Senate race in Arizona. Democrats now need only one more seat to retain control of the Senate with only Nevada and Georgia yet to be called. Republicans must win both those seats to gain control of the Senate.
Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly defeats Republican investor Blake Masters in Arizona.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 12, 2022
Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly won his bid for reelection Friday in the crucial swing state of Arizona, defeating Republican venture capitalist Blake Masters to put his party one victory away from clinching control of the chamber for the next two years of Joe Biden’s presidency.
With Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote, Democrats can retain control of the Senate by winning either the Nevada race, which remains too early to call, or next month’s runoff in Georgia. Republicans now must win both those races to take the majority.
. . . . With President Joe Biden struggling with low approval ratings, Kelly distanced himself from the president, particularly on border security, and played down his Democratic affiliation amid angst about the state of the economy.
He also styled himself as an independent willing to buck his party, in the style of McCain.
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