In the fiercely contested Senate election campaign, five seats remain to be allocated, with the Democrats having an increasingly narrow margin to regain control from the Republican majority.
On Wednesday, after valuable victories in Alabama, South Carolina, Maine, Texas, Kansas and Iowa, the Republicans seemed ready to retain their leadership in the Senate.
Although the Democrats turned over two states – Colorado and Arizona – they won only one seat net, as Republican candidate Tommy Tuberville took control of Democratic Senator Doug Jones’ seat in Alabama.
Currently, the GOP has a majority of 53-47 seats in the Senate, with two independents – Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of the Main – sitting with the Democrats in the Senate. For the past six years, the Republicans have had control of the Senate.
To reverse the current Republican leadership, the Democrats would need to control four seats. However, if Joe Biden wins the presidential election, that number could drop to just three seats, as his vice president could cast a tied vote.
The remaining states with seats to be filled include Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia and Alaska. Among these states, the New York Times reports that only Michigan will win for the time being.
Before the election, a number of predictions predicted that the Democrats would regain control of the Senate, but tightly managed races in the contested states allowed Republicans to narrow the path.
In South Carolina, Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison raised more money than any other Senate candidate in history, but still failed to defeat Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
In Maine, Susan Collins defeated Democrat Sara Gideon by a margin of almost 6 percent. In North Carolina, a battlefield race is turning red with 94 percent of the votes counted, with Republican Thom Tillis 1.8 percent ahead of Democrat Cal Cunningham.
In Georgia, Democrats are hoping for two available seats in the Senate, but a hard-fought race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff seems to be heading toward Perdue with a more than 3 percent lead.
And in the special election for the other seat, Republican Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock will go into a runoff because both candidates did not receive 50 percent of the votes.
The majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, celebrated a major victory for the Republican Party in Kentucky after being re-elected for his seventh term. If the GOP retains control of the chamber, McConnell is expected to remain majority leader.
The remaining seats have not yet been called, but the Democrats will keep an eye on North Carolina, Michigan, Alaska and Georgia as votes continue to count.