Based on the preliminary results, it looks like Democrats will be a few seats short of taking control of the Senate, where Republicans now hold a majority of 53 seats.
Republican senators who, according to the polls, had to account for the loss of their seats, such as Joni Ernst in Iowa and Steve Daines in Montana, managed to keep it.
In Colorado, former Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, a Dutch American, defeated incumbent Republican Senator Cory Gardner. In Arizona, retired astronaut Mark Kelly won as expected against incumbent Republican Senator Martha McSally.
The leader of the Republicans in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, has also been re-elected. He beat his Democratic opponent, Amy McGrath. As expected, Democratic Senator Doug Jones in Alabama lost to Republican Tommy Tuberville. The Republican candidates also win in Texas and North Carolina, among others.
“It’s not over until every vote is taken,” Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, said of the preliminary results of the Senate elections.
In Tuesday’s elections, 35 of the 100 Senate seats were voted. In the old Senate, the Republicans had 53 seats and the Democrats 45. Two senators are non-party.