Control of the Senate remains a toss-up following the. As of Friday evening, Democrats and Republicans had each secured 49 seats, with three races yet to be called, CBS News projects.
Nevada’s Senate race remains tight: on Saturday morning, Republican Adam Laxalt was clinging to a small lead of under 1,000 votes over incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, but much of the remaining vote left to count is in Democratic-leaning Clark County. Laxalt released a statement noting that most of the mail in ballots “contine to break in higher DEM margins than we calculated.” If the remaining vote continues “to trend heavy DEM then [Cortez Masto] will overtake us.”
Clark County officials had indicated Friday morning that roughly 50,000 votes were left to be counted, and they released results from more than 15,000 on Friday night. Election workers are likely to finish counting the remaining ballots by Saturday evening. CBS News characterizesas a toss-up.
Should Cortez-Masto win, Democrats will retain control of the Senate, regardless of the outcome of therunoff election in December between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker.
The man charged with helping Republicans win control of the Senate, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott is unhappy with the GOP’s performance in the midterms.
“Election Day, our voters didn’t show up. We didn’t get enough voters,” he said on Fox News Friday night.
Alaska, where three candidates are on the ballot in a ranked-choice voting system, has also not yet been called, but with the top two finishers both Republicans, CBS News projects it will stay in Republican hands.
On Friday evening, CBS News projected Arizonawill win reelection over Republican challenger Blake Masters.
In other battleground states, CBS News projected the races in Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio and North Carolina will go to Republicans, while Democrats will win in Colorado, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
In each of the Senate battlegrounds where CBS News has conducted exit polls, voters said control of the Senate was important to their vote. CBS News conducted statewide surveys in 11 key battleground states: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.
In each of these states, voters had negative views of the nation’s economy.
In most of the Senate battleground states, the issue of inflation is outpacing abortion in terms of the importance of the issue to voters. But in, where Democrat John Fetterman came out ahead of Dr. Mehmet Oz, early exit polling showed abortion outpaced inflation as a concern for voters.
Nearly three in four voters said they were dissatisfied about the country as they headed to the polls Tuesday, according to early exit polling. That includes almost a third who said they were angry. Almost three-quarters said the economy is bad, and nearly half of voters said their family’s finances are worse than they were two years ago.
Thirty-five Senate seats were up for grabs in total in the 2022 midterm elections, but under a third were expected to be close.
Musadiq Bidar and Jack Turman contributed to this report.