Democrats look poised to take majority control of the Senate, a defeat for Republicans that would translate into more left-wing judges being confirmed to office.
As of Saturday morning, Republicans and Democrats were tied 49 to 49 in the Senate, with only two seats remaining open: Nevada and Georgia.
In Nevada, Republican nominee Adam Laxalt was up by 862 votes, but his campaign was nevertheless “bracing for a loss,” a source told the Daily Mail.
“The mood is not great. I’ll say this: internally, the knives are out,” the source said, describing how Laxalt’s staff members were looking for someone to blame.
FYI, Laxalt has publicly denied that his campaign is expecting to be defeated:
This is totally and completely false. Absolutely nothing has changed since our Tucker interview or my tweet last night. We are waiting on results tonight and expect her percentages to continue to remain under what she needs. We still remain confident. https://t.co/bYXTMQl6pE
— Adam Paul Laxalt (@AdamLaxalt) November 11, 2022
If Democrats do indeed take Nevada, that’ll boost their numbers to 50 to 49, giving Republicans a chance to, at best, maintain the status quo in the Senate, as the numbers would bump up to 50/50 if a win were achieved in Georgia.
However, a win in Georgia is also looking unlikely for Republicans, to the point that some have already called the entire race for Democrats.
“Now all but official. Democrats have won the Senate majority,” data journalist G. Elliott Morris tweeted Friday.
Now all but official. Democrats have won the Senate majority
— G. Elliott Morris (@gelliottmorris) November 12, 2022
It doesn’t help that the Senate race in Georgia has reportedly been made complicated because of threats from former President Donald Trump.
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter claimed in tweets posted Friday afternoon that Trump has said he won’t help Walker in the runoff if either Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is also called in to help.
“Gov. Brian Kemp has directed his network in Georgia to get 100% behind Herschel Walker, as has Mitch McConnell; also, Youngkin (for the suburbs) and Desantis (for the base) have expressed their willingness to help,” she tweeted.
“The BAD NEWS: Trump has made it clear that, if the Georgia GOP accepts help from Youngkin or DeSantis, he will refuse to support Walker in the runoff,” Coulter added.
GOOD NEWS: Gov. Brian Kemp has directed his network in Georgia to get 100% behind Herschel Walker, as has Mitch McConnell; also, Youngkin (for the suburbs) and Desantis (for the base) have expressed their willingness to help.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 11, 2022
The BAD NEWS: Trump has made it clear that, if the Georgia GOP accepts help from Youngkin or DeSantis, he will refuse to support Walker in the runoff.
Or maybe that’s good news.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 11, 2022
All this comes in the wake of Republican nominee Blake Masters officially losing his race in Arizona on Friday.
“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,” the Associated Press reported.
None of this is good news for Republicans, especially given as President Joe Biden has already broken records in regard to the confirming of judges.
“As of Aug. 8, the first day of the U.S. Senate’s August break, Biden has successfully appointed 75 judges to the three main tiers of the federal judicial system: the district courts, appeals courts and U.S. Supreme Court,” the Pew Research Center reported in August.
“That’s far more than the number appointed by Donald Trump (51) and Barack Obama (42) at the same stage in their presidencies, and slightly more than the number appointed by several other recent presidents – including George W. Bush (72), Bill Clinton (74) and Ronald Reagan (72) – by this point in their tenures,” according to Pew.
So far, Joe Biden has appointed far more federal judges (75) than his predecessors, Donald Trump (51) and Barack Obama (42), at the same stage in their presidencies. https://t.co/Tc9w3GlDCP pic.twitter.com/r0lHeC3G4P
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) August 9, 2022
Democrats may also manage to keep the House, though the chances of this transpiring are significantly slimmer.
“Democratic strategists who work on House races this cycle say it would take a ‘miracle,’ but Democrats do have a possible path to retaining the majority. Their path to do so would require a clean sweep in all 13 remaining uncalled seats that are designated by CBS News as ‘likely’ Democrat or ‘lean’ Democrat,” according to CBS News.
“This includes nine seats in California alone, with several Democrats in tight races. They would then have to win at least 7 of the 13 seats that are rated as ‘toss ups’ or ‘Lean Republican,'” the establishment media outlet reported Friday.
As of Saturday morning, Republicans were up 211 seats to Democrats’ 201 seats. Either party needs to win 218+ to take control of the lower chamber of Congress.
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