WASHINGTON – Who will control the US Senate remains unclear, with a number of states, including North Carolina, Maine, and Georgia, on an equal footing with Republican and Democratic candidates.
In Colorado, Democrats made a major gain when former Gov. John Hickenlooper defeated incumbent Republican Senator Corey Gardner.
Gardner is the last remaining statewide Republican official in what Colorado was once considered a wavering state.
These elections determine the fate of 35 out of 100 Senate seats, but according to the non-partisan analytical bulletin Cook Political Report, the outcome of the elections was indeed impossible to predict in only seven cases.
Republicans currently have a 53-vote majority, but this is a difficult electoral cycle for them because they have had to defend twice as many seats this year as Democrats.
The Republicans also managed to take away one seat from the Democrats: In Alabama, former football coach Tommy Taberville, who was backed by Trump, defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Doug Jones.
The fight in Alabama was the only controversial campaign for a Democrat’s seat now.
With the victory in Colorado and the defeat in Alabama, to control the upper house, Democrats need to increase their representation by three if their presidential candidate Joe Biden wins, or four if President Donald Trump is re-elected.
In a situation where Democrats strengthen their majority in the House of Representatives, control over the Senate will be essential for the successful implementation of the agenda of the next White House master.
The Senate Majority Party will also decide on future appointments of Supreme Court and federal justices.
Control over the upper house of Congress may depend on the voting results in Georgia, where both senators are elected.
Democrats also focused on Maine, where incumbent Republican Senator Susan Collins lagged behind House Speaker Sarah Gideon in polls for most of the fall.
Democrats are expected to increase their representation in the House of Representatives by at least five seats.