Ahead of the 2022 midterms, there was plenty of talk in the mainstream media about a “red wave” or a “red tsunami” that was set to overtake both chambers of Congress. It was a rather smothering talking point on both sides of the infotainment industry’s aisle, and that’s not exactly ideal for driving conservative turnout.
It’s certainly possible that the left-leaning networks got wind of the confidence being exuded over on the right side of the media spectrum, and decided that piling on would be surefire way to keep “hassled by voting” voters from going the distance.
And, it looks like filthy trick worked, as the media has now begun declaring that the Democrats will keep control of the Senate.
Democrats defied historical trends and defeated several candidates backed by former President Donald Trump to keep control of the Senate, providing enormous relief for President Joe Biden.
The battle for the House, meanwhile, remains too close to call.Trending:
The picture in the Senate became clear late Saturday after Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada narrowly defeated Republican Adam Laxalt to win re-election, putting her party over the threshold, NBC News projected Saturday.
“Thank you, Nevada!” Cortez Masto said in a tweet Saturday evening after its two most populous counties, Clark and Washoe, finished counting mail-in ballots.
There were some direct attacks at the GOP as well:
Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona won his re-election contest in Arizona, NBC News projected Friday evening, directing all eyes to Nevada. Both Laxalt and Masters were endorsed by Trump and promoted his false claims about the presidential race he lost.
“I feel good for the country. Because so many people worried — I did — about this democracy,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said at a news conference late Saturday. “America showed that we believe in our democracy. That the roots of our democracy are deep and strong. And that it will prevail as long as we fight for it.”
He added that Republicans were hampered by “flawed challengers who had no faith in democracy, no fidelity to the truth or honor.”
There is still a Senate runoff campaign to be sorted in Georgia as well, with incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock facing off against Georgia football legend and Trump-endorsed Republican candidate Herschel Walker.