The Democratic Party has maintained control of the U.S. Senate following a tight victory in the Nevada midterm election, called on Saturday, even as the Republican Party remained projected to flip control of the House of Representatives.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s win in Nevada brought the Democrats to the minimum 50 seats they needed to keep the upper chamber of Congress, with Vice President Kamala Harris’s vote representing the tiebreaker in the 100-member legislature.

A final Senate seat still needs to be determined in Georgia, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock will face off against GOP candidate Herschel Walker in a Dec. 6 runoff.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party remained on track to win a slim majority in the House, although it could still take days to receive the final results of several contests in the 435-seat chamber.

The Democrats defied expectations in Tuesday’s midterm elections, staving off the “red wave” that many forecasters had predicted and giving U.S. President Joe Biden a huge boost over the next two years and as he decides whether to run again in 2024.

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