The Democrats will keep the Senate, repelling Republicans, after senator Catherine Cortez Masto secured a victory in Nevada.

Her win reflected the surprising strength of Democrats across the election year who secured the 50 seats required to retain majority.

Seeking reelection in an economically challenged state that has some of the highest gas prices in the nation, Ms Cortez Masto was considered the Senate’s most vulnerable member, adding to the frustration of Republicans who were confident she could be defeated.

“We got a lot done and we’ll do a lot more for the American people,” Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said.

Chuck Schumer

“The American people rejected — soundly rejected — the anti-democratic, authoritarian, nasty and divisive direction the MAGA Republicans wanted to take our country.”

President Joe Biden said he felt “good” about the election results and was “looking forward to the next couple of years.”

With the results in Nevada now decided, Georgia is the only state where both parties are still competing for a Senate seat.