Five takeaways from the battle for the Senate
The battle for control of the Senate won't be decided until two runoff Senate elections are held in Georgia on Jan. 5 but the expectation on both sides of the aisle is that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will remain majority leader and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will spend another two years in the minority.
While party control of the chamber is expected to remain the same, the dynamic has changed with President-elect Joe Biden to take office, although not with the mandate that Democrats expected - and some Republicans feared - from a blue wave.
The Republican majority will be at least one seat smaller, as Democrats knocked off Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), while Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) also lost his bid for reelection. Right now, McConnell hopes to have a 52-seat majority, depending on the outcome in Georgia.
Democrat Cal Cunningham hasn't yet conceded to Sen. Thom Tillis (R) yet in North Carolina, but he's been given little chance of catching up in the vote count.
Georgia will decide the majority
If the parties split the two seats in Georgia, then the GOP majority will be 51. If Democrats sweep the state, they can control a 50-50 majority, allowing Vice President Kamala Harris to cast tie-breaking votes.
Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) will face journalist Jon Ossoff and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) will match up against pastor Raphael Warnock.
Biden is leading the presidential vote count in Georgia, which Democrats see as an encouraging sign for the Senate races.
But Democratic aides and strategists concede it will be very difficult to win both races in a traditionally Republican state to make Schumer majority leader and give Democrats unified control of the White House and Congress......More