For the formation of the Senate, the focus is on the races in Arizona and Nevada; In the case of the House of Representatives, the results of several districts still need to be defined
There are still some disputes to define the composition of the US Congress (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)
Last Tuesday, after having voted in the midterm elections in the United States, Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, had anticipated that the results throughout the country would be “very tight”. Indeed, the dispute between Democrats and Republicans to gain control of Congress has been very close two days before the development of the elections.
At this time, the focus is position on the races in Arizona and Nevada, the results of which will define which party will maintain the majority in the Senate for the next two years.
This Thursday the Democrats maintained a narrow advantage in Arizona. However, this difference is getting smaller, so there are still expectations about what will happen in that state in the west of the country.
So far, the authorities have not announced results; There are about 600,000 ballots left to be counted, which represents nearly a quarter of the total cast.
Arizona has historically been characterized by long ballot counts. votes. In that state, most votes are cast by postal mail, and many people wait until the last minute to send them. But as the state has ceased to be a GOP stronghold, the delays have increasingly become a source of national anxiety for stakeholders.
This Thursday evening Tomorrow, the Democrats led the elections for the Senate, Governor and Secretary of State, while the race for the position of Attorney General was tied. At this rate, it could still take days to find out the winners of these contests.
Democrats led by about five points in the Senate and Secretary of State races. However, with so many ballots left to count, the races are too close to declare a winner.
In Arizona there are about 600,000 ballots left to be counted, which represents almost a quarter of the total cast (REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)
A similar situation exists in Nevada. There, the electoral authorities are also methodically reviewing thousands of uncounted ballots.
At the start of election day, opinion polls showed a technical tie between the Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican Adam Laxalt. In the process of counting, both candidates affirm that the pending votes favor them.
The partial results communicated by the Nevada Secretary of State show that Laxalt has a lead of about 21,000 votes, but most of the remaining ballots to be counted come from more urban areas that have tended to favor Cortez Masto.
After noon this Thursday, of the 100 seats in the Senate, the Democrats have secured 48 and the Republicans, 49. In addition to Arizona and Nevada, the third state whose results are yet to be known is Georgia, that will hold a second round between the Republican candidate (Herschel Walker) and the Democrat (Raphael Warnock) on December 6, since neither exceeded the threshold of 50% of the votes in the first round.
To maintain control of the Senate, the Democrats need to win 50 seats – the casting vote of the vice president, Kamala Harris, thus guaranteeing them victory in the vote when there is a tie -, while the Republicans , not having that quality vote, they need to get 51 seats.
In this way, if Democrats and Republicans share Arizona and Nevada, what happens on December 6 in < b>Georgia will define which party will have control of the upper house.
In other closely contested congressional elections, in Alaska, where Democrat Mary Peltola won a special election this summer to fill an open seat in the House of Representatives, held for decades by Republicans, could see a second round of vote tabulation.
This is because Alaska has ranked-choice voting in which voters rank candidates. If no one gets 50% plus one, the person with the fewest votes is eliminated and the voters' choices count toward their second choice. The rounds continue until there are two candidates left and the one with the most votes wins.
In Nevada there are also thousands of uncounted ballots (REUTERS/David Swanson)
Peltola led Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich in a race too early to be announced.
Earlier this Thursday, Republicans won at least 209 seats in the House of Representatives. To take control of the chamber, which would allow him to thwart President Joe Biden's legislative agenda, they need to reach 218 seats. Democrats are reaching 186 seats.
Although the Republicans remain favorites, there are 33 races in the House of Representatives that have not yet been decided – including 21 of the 53 closest races, according to an analysis by Reuters. of the leading nonpartisan forecasts – likely ensuring the final outcome won't be known for some time.
In a closely contested race in Colorado, Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert leads Democrat Adam Frisch by only 64 votes, out of 313,433 counted.
Other contests that remain to be counted are in districts in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.
Although these results put the Republicans on track to control the House, the margin of difference with respect to the Democrats would be much lower than expected.
Aside from the legislative chamber, there are also disputes in the Governorships -that is, the state Executives- from Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Alaska.
Local election officials have already advised that the counting could take several more days, especially in the case of the Senate.