Catherine Cortez Masto wins 2016 Nevada Senate race

Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto has beaten Joseph J. Heck, a Republican, in the race for the Nevada Senate seat currently held by Harry Reid.

Republicans kept control of Senate majority, fending off what was thought to be a strong takeover bid by Democrats.

So far, 33 Senate races have been decided, with Republicans winning 21 and Democrats winning 12. Going into Tuesday, Republicans held a majority in the Senate, with 54 seats vs. 44 for the Democrats. Two Independents in the Senate both caucus with the Democrats.

Cortez Masto is the former Nevada attorney general and has the backing of Senate Minority Leader Reid, who's vacating the seat. Cortez Masto is one of the first Hispanic women to serve in the Senate.

Heck, a House member, physician and a brigadier general in the Army Reserve, has been an advocate for immigration reform.

Nevada voted for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic former secretary of state, in Tuesday’s presidential election.

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From staff and wire reports, powered by Heliograf, The Post's artificial intelligence system.

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