Democratic U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has won re-election in Nevada, Newsmax projected on Saturday in a victory that guarantees the Senate will be controlled by Democrats in 2023.
Cortez Masto defeated Republican challenger Adam Laxalt, a former state attorney general who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
“This is Mitch McConnell’s fault,” said national radio host Todd Starnes. “McConnell sabotaged Senate candidates who were supported by President Trump.”
With Masto’s victory on the heels of Democratic Senator Mark Kelly winning re-election in Arizona late on Friday, Democrats now control 50 Senate seats.
Republican donors should withhold all funding until new leadership is selected in the House and the Senate.— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) November 13, 2022
That is enough to cement Democrats’ control of the Senate in 2023-24, as Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris can break ties in the 100-member chamber, securing victories for President Joe Biden.
“McConnell should be removed from his leadership position as Senate Minority Leader,” Starnes said. “And if he’s not removed, Republican donors should pull all of their funding.”
If Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock were to win the Dec. 6 Georgia runoff election against Republican challenger Herschel Walker, that would expand Democrats’ majority to 51-49. That, in turn, would give Democrats an additional edge in passing a limited number of controversial bills that are allowed to advance with a simple majority of votes, instead of the 60 needed for most legislation.
Currently, Democratic Senators Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona are “swing” votes who have blocked or delayed some of Biden’s major initiatives, including expansions of some social programs.