Democrats avoid ‘red wave’ as vote count continues – Live Updates

Democrats avoid ‘red wave’ as vote count continues – Live Updates

Washington — Democrats appeared to have staved off the Republican “red tide” as the dust settled Tuesday’s midtermsbut overall control of Congress remains a draw, with the GOP still within striking distance of taking the House and the battle for the Senate coming down to a few remaining races.

Democrats picked up a Senate seat in the key state of Pennsylvania, where CBS News showed Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman defeated Republican Mehmet Oz in the nation’s most expensive and watched Senate race. Fetterman will replace GOP Sen. Pat Toomey in the upper chamber, which currently has 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans.

“I think it was a good day for democracy. And it was a good day for America,” President Biden said at press conference Wednesday afternoon at the White House. “Our democracy has been tested in recent years, but with their voices, the American people have spoken and proved once again that democracy is what we are.”

According to CBS News projections, three states will now determine which party controls the Senate: Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.

In Georgia, Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker will face off in a Dec. 6 runoff, as neither has reached the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff under state law.

Arizona Senate race leans towards the Democrats, whereas Nevada is a toss-up, according to CBS News estimates. Overall control of the Senate is also characterized as a tie-breaker, meaning either party could end up in control when the results are finalized. As of Wednesday, Republicans are projected to control at least 49 seats, while Democrats are expected to hold 48:

Alaska’s Senate race is also tied, but the top two candidates are both Republicans, meaning the results will have no effect on the balance of power in the Senate.

The GOP has made inroads elsewhere, including in Florida, where landslide victories for incumbent Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio were fueled by strong support among Latino voters, continuing a shift that began in 2020.

GOP Sen. Ron Johnson is projected to win re-election Wisconsindefeating Democrat Mandela Barnes and keeping the state Senate seat in Republican hands.

Home control was also leaning Republican on Wednesday as votes were still being counted in dozens of counties across the country. CBS News estimates the GOP will win at least 210 seats and the Democrats at least 200, both short of the 218 needed for control.

Complete results and projections for every House, Senate and Governor race can be found at CBS News Election Center and in the updates below.

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