Democrats keep control of U.S. Senate, crush Republican ‘red wave’ hopes

Democrats held onto control of the U.S. Senate, handing a major victory to President Joe Biden and extinguishing hopes of the “red wave” that Republicans had expected leading into the midterm elections.

Biden, who struggled with low approval ratings ahead of Tuesday’s elections, partly due to public frustration over inflation, said the late Saturday outcome made him look forward to the remainder of his term in office.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer described it as a “victory and vindication” for Democrats and their agenda. He accused the Republican Party of stoking fear and division during the campaign.

Republicans, however, remained close to seizing control of the House of Representatives as officials continued counting ballots.

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