On Saturday night, Cortez Masto was declared the victor after 97% of the ballots were counted, and the incumbent led Laxalt by a 48.7% to 48.2% margin. Cortez Masto was leading by nearly 5,000 votes.
After her projected win was announced, Cortez Masto wrote on Twitter, “Thank you, Nevada!”
Laxalt was endorsed by both former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Mitch McConnell-aligned super PAC, Senate Leadership Fund, spent $28 million on advertisements for Laxalt’s campaign, according to the Idaho Capital Sun.
Cortez Masto enjoyed a significant fundraising advantage over Laxalt. The incumbent Democrat raised more than $45 million through late September, more than triple Laxalt’s $13 million.
Cortez Masto’s win delivers Democrats with 50 seats versus Republicans with 49 seats in the Senate. Even if Republicans win the Georgia Senate runoff between Democratic incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker next month, the Democrats still have the tie-breaking vote with Vice President Kamala Harris.
Republicans are reeling after the expected red wave in the midterm elections fizzled.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the midterm elections were a “complete disappointment.”
“Here’s what happened to us: Election Day, our voters didn’t show up, we didn’t get enough voters. It was a complete disappointment,” Scott said during a Friday appearance on “Hannity.”
Scott continued, “I think we’ve got to reflect now, what didn’t happen? I think we didn’t have enough of a positive message, we said everything about how bad the Biden agenda was — it’s bad, the Democrats are radical, but we have to have a plan of what we stand for.”