The recent midterm elections have turned into a huge success for President Joe Biden who has managed to keep control of the Senate. This could also be the most victories in midterm elections for a President since John F. Kennedy was in the White House.
So far this year, Democratic Senate candidates have managed to keep 11 seats and even flip one seat in Pennsylvania. This means that in the case of an evenly split chamber they would still be able to retain their control. While the Republicans were able to hold on to 20 seats, they were not able to flip Nevada or Arizona. They also lost Pennsylvania which effectively stopped them from taking control of the Senate.
Georgia’s Senate race is the only race left to be determined, as the state called for a runoff election next month. If Republican Herschel Walker manages to flip the seat and beat Senator Raphael Warnock, the Democrats will still manage to have 50 seats. As Vice President Kamala Harris has a tie-breaking vote, this effectively means they will run the Senate.
If the runoff election does lead to the Democrats retaining the seat, then this would be the first positive net gain in the Senate for the party during a midterm election since 1962.
Even if the seat is flipped, the Democrats would still have their biggest gain since the 1998 election, when Bill Clinton had a net gain of zero Senate seats.