Whether they retain a majority depends on the outcome of the runoff election in Georgia.
WASHINGTON – Republican Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska won re-election, meaning that Republicans won at least 50 seats in the 100-seat Senate for the next two years.
Thus, who will control the Senate will be resolved only after the second round of elections in two districts of Georgia in early January.
After a slow vote count in the northwestern-most state of the United States after the November 3 election, the media concluded that Sullivan had an unassailable advantage over al gross, an orthopedic surgeon who ran as an independent with democratic support.
In the poll, conservative Sullivan was 20 percentage points ahead of his opponent.
Now that Republicans have won at least half of the Senate seats, all attention has shifted to the runoff election, held in Georgia on January 5.
Two incumbent conservative Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, failed to win most of the popular vote last week, leading to a runoff announcement.
Perdue is up against Democrat Jon Ossoff, an investigative journalist who fell just short of winning the 2017 House election, after which he tried to take Perdue’s Senate seat, which he has held since 2015.
Loeffler’s opponent, who was appointed to the Senate in early 2020, is Raphael Warnock, a progressive Democrat and senior pastor at Aven Ezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
In last week’s vote, Warnock came out on top, but he was far from a majority. Loeffler took second place. Perdue beat Ossoff by a narrow margin, but the third candidate received enough votes that neither Perdue nor Ossoff received 50 percent.
Thus, the Democrats managed to retain at least 48 seats after losing one and gained two in last week’s vote.
If Republicans manage to retain at least one seat in Georgia, they will have a majority in the Senate in the next two years. But if both Ossoff and Warnock win there, Republicans and Democrats will divide the Senate exactly in half, getting 50 seats each.
If the Senate vote is evenly split, the deciding vote belongs to the Vice President, in this case, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.