Control of the House also remains up for grabs, though Republicans are on track to take a majority — albeit much narrower than they had hoped.
With about 70% of the vote in Arizona, incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Kelly maintains a 5-point lead over Republican challenger Blake Masters. But election officials in Democratic-majority Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populous county, said it would take at least until Friday to tally the hundreds of thousands of votes remaining.
About 80% of the votes were counted in Nevada, where Republican Adam Laxalt has a slight advantage over Democratic incumbent Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. But late mail-in ballots, especially in Democratic strongholds of Clark and Washoe counties, which have yet to be counted, could still tip the scales in favor of the incumbent.
The wait has left congressional leaders on edge as the fate of both houses of Congress remains uncertain two days after the midterm elections – and could potentially remain undecided for the Senate until Georgia’s runoff in December .
With the size of a likely Republican majority in the House much smaller than expected, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy took precautions on Wednesday to ensure he would have the presidency locked if his party took House control. He called on House members of the Donald Trump-aligned Freedom Caucus to find common ground in some of their demands — listening to their concerns without making concessions to the group.
While awaiting results in Nevada and Arizona, Democrats and Republicans are largely turning their attention to Georgia, as the state is likely to become the deciding factor in Senate control.
The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee is pumping $7 million into field operations for the second round to conduct vote-out work over the next four weeks to secure incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock’s victory over Republican Herschel Walker. . On the GOP side, Georgia and National Republicans have vowed to oppose Walker to help him cross the finish line.
Democrats have fared better than expected in House races across the country as the red wave Republicans had promised largely failed to reach the shore. President Joe Biden at a press conference Wednesday said it was a “good day for democracy” after it became clear a GOP romp was no longer a possibility, even though the House is still likely to have a slim Republican majority.
“While the press and pundits were predicting a giant red wave, it didn’t happen,” Biden said, blaming the media and pundit class for underestimating his party’s chances.
White House deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon said Thursday that Biden was “pretty happy” with the midterm results so far, and she thinks “the House is really still in play here.” “for Democrats.
“Being here today and seeing how close it will be and that there is still a way when you look at the races that are on hold, when you look at the votes that are coming in from the west, there is definitely still a way for Democrats to hold the house,” O’Malley Dillon said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
She added that the president has spoken with McCarthy and other Republicans and Democrats — some who have won and some who have lost — and that regardless of the end results of the uncalled races, he is committed to work with the leaders of both parties. Biden expressed a similar sentiment at Wednesday’s press conference, saying he was “ready to work with my fellow Republicans.”
“I think he’s made it clear what he said to the American people: he’s going to work with anybody to do the American people’s business,” O’Malley Dillon said.