Midterm Update: Senate Up for Grabs, GOP Moves to House Majority 

The question of which party will control either chamber of Congress is still not determined two days after the midterm elections, with the final outcome not expected to be determined for some time. 

Republicans are getting closer to securing a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. But control of the Senate is still up in the air, hinging on a few tight races. 

Republicans have captured at least 210 seats in the House, eight short of the 218 needed to wrest the House away from Democrats and effectively halt President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.

While Republicans remain favored, there were 33 House contests yet to be decided. This includes 21 of the 53 most competitive races, based on a Reuters analysis of the leading nonpartisan forecasters. 

Democrats staved off an anticipated “red wave” of Republican fans in the midterms. The party in power historically suffers heavy casualties in a president’s first midterm election and Tuesday’s results suggested voters were punishing Biden for the steepest inflation in 40 years.

The fate of the Senate remains far less certain. 

Either party could seize control by winning too-close-to-call races in Nevada and Arizona, where officials are tallying thousands of uncounted ballots.

Control of the U.S. Senate may once again be decided in Georgia, weeks after Election Day as a tight race between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker was headed to a Dec. 6 runoff.

With more than 99 percent of the vote counted, Warnock is narrowly leading against Walker, a former football star endorsed by former President Donald Trump. But Warnock has not yet reached the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff. 

Democrats were able to avoid the major defeat that Republicans had anticipated and were holding on in the close Senate battles in Nevada and Arizona.

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