Democrats have secured 48 seats and Republicans appear to have 49 of the total 100 seats in the Senate. On Wednesday night, Wisconsin appears to have gone to the Republicans. This means that it is the results in the states of Nevada, Arizona and Georgia that determine which party gets a majority.
In Georgia, it’s a tight race between incumbent Democratic senator Rev. Raphael Warnock and Republican former sports star Herschel Walker. With 99 percent of the vote counted, neither candidate will receive at least 50 percent of the vote, which is required to secure victory.
New round – lower turnout expected
Now a second round of elections awaits in Georgia on December 6. The state is, together with Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, so-called “swing states”, wave master states, and the election in December could be decisive for the majority situation in the Senate. Fewer voters than on Tuesday will go out and vote in December, says SVT’s correspondent Stefan Åsberg.
– There is significantly less interest in the second round of elections and there is a certain resistance to going to the polling stations in December, it can be difficult to get people to go to the polling stations.
In Arizona, incumbent Democratic senator and former astronaut Mark Kelly has a relatively safe lead over Republican Blake Masters. But there are still 400,000 votes to be counted and it is not yet possible to say who will win. The counting of votes there is expected to last until Friday.
In Nevada, where the Republican challenger Adam Laxalt leads by a narrow margin over the incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Mastro, the vote count can last up to two weeks, notes Stefan Åsberg.
“The abortion issue has motivated Democrats”
So the Republicans look set to win the House of Representatives. There was talk of the red wave before the election, but the success of the Republicans was not as great as many expected. There are several reasons for that, according to Stefan Åsberg.
– It looks like the abortion issue has motivated Democrats in several states. Trump had 26 campaign meetings during October, but he has rather motivated Democrats to vote against Republican candidates instead of supporting Republican candidates, he says in Aktuellt.