R’s Maintain Senate, D’s Strengthen Hold on House

Voting booths on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Rockford, Illinois. (Scott P. Yates /Rockford Register Star via AP)

While all eyes are glued to the presidential race, Republicans and Democrats are fighting fiercely to see who can control Congress.

The Republicans currently hold a narrow lead in the Senate, 53-47. However, the GOP is on the defense, because of the 35 Senate races, Democrats are more favored to win Republican-held seats than Republicans are favored to win Democrat-held seats. Polling website 538 suggested that Democrats are likely to flip between three to six seats. Republicans are favored to flip only one Senate seat, and the races several consistent Republican states such as Georgia or Alaska have been polling extremely, unexpectedly tight.

The Democrats currently control the House, when Democrats flipped 40 seats during the 2018 midterms for a 232 majority to the Republicans’ 197 seats. There are six seats not affiliated with either party. CNN reported that while Republicans would need to pick up 17 seats to regain control of the House, Democrats are expected to gain an additional 14 to 20 seats.

As polls close throughout America, Hamodia.com will be posting live updates of races.

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1:29 PM NOVEMBER 4TH

Republican incumbent Susan Collins has beaten Democratic challenger Sara Gideon in a closely-watched Senate race in Maine.

10:47 AM NOVEMBER 4TH

With polls still being counted, it appears the Republicans will maintain control of the Senate, and the Democrats will further solidify their control of the House.

The current Senate balance is Democrats 46, Republicans 47, with 7 races uncalled for.

The current House balance is Democrats 227, Republicans 208. Though there are many races uncalled for, few of them are expected to be tight.

11:28 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

Democrats and Republicans are tied in the Senate, with each party holding 43 seats. 14 races have not yet been called. 

10:34 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

Representative Max Rose, a moderate Jewish Democrat, has lost to Republican Nicole Malliotakis in the last conservative stronghold in New York City, lower Brooklyn and Staten Island.

10:26 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

As expected, Republican Tommy Tuberville has beaten Democratic incumbent Doug Jones in Alabama. Jones had won a 2017 special election in ruby red Alabama because his then opponent, the disgraced judge Roy Moore, was accused of abuse.

10:17 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

Georgia’s special election will likely go into a January run-off. Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock will face incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.

9:52 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

As of now, Republicans have won 150 House races and Democrats have won 144. 

9:46 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

In Colorado, a state which has steadily been trending leftward, Democrats have flipped a Senate seat. Former governor John Hickenlooper has beaten Republican incumbent Cory Gardner.

9:32 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

Democrats currently have 40 Senate seats, and Republicans have 37. 51 seats are needed to control the Senate, and 23 races–including the tight ones in swing states–have yet to be called.

9:22 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

As of now, Democrats have won 54 House seats, and Republicans have picked up 74.

9:08 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

As expected, Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and John Cornyn of Texas win reelection.

9:02 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

Ronny Jackson, White House doctor under President Obama and President Trump, has won Texas’ 13th Congressional District as a Republican.

8:47 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

The Senate race is currently holding at 39 Democrat seats, 34 Republican seats.

8:36 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

As of now, Republicans have won 48 races for the House, and Democrats have won 32. It is worth noting it is still early, and most of these races were called in the ruby red South. There have been no major surprises yet. 

8:22 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

Republican Bill Hagerty, former ambassador to Japan, wins the Tennessee Senate seat race.

8:15 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

Republican incumbent Senator Jim Inhofe has won reelection in Oklahoma, and Democrat incumbent Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire has won reelection.

8:10 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority leader, has handily won reelection in Kentucky.

8:08 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

As expected, Democrat Senators Chris Coons of Delaware, Corey Booker of New Jersey, and Ed Markey of Massachusetts win reelection.

8:01 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

Controversial Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has espoused anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, has won Georgia House Congressional District 14.

7:56 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

Florida’s District 4, 6, 8, 11, 12, 16, 17, 19 and 25 have been called for Republicans. Districts 5, 7, 9, 13 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24 have been called for Democrats. As of now, Republicans have picked up nine seats and Democrats have picked up nine. Nine House races have not yet been called. There are no Senate races in Florida this election cycle. 

7:36 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

In two House elections where the incumbents are running unchallenged, North Carolina’s District 12 is called for Democrat Alma Adams, and Virginia Republican Morgan Griffith wins House District 9. 

7:30 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

With more than 75% of the votes counted in each, Florida’s District 6 and District 12 are both called for the Republicans.

7:15 PM NOVEMBER 3RD

Republican Hal Rogers of Kentucky wins the first House race to be called tonight.

 


Updated Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 12:58 pm .