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Senate control hinges on unresolved election contests in Nevada, Arizona

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) speaks during a campaign event in Las Vegas on Monday. (David Becker for The Washington Post)

Control of the Senate hinged Thursday on close races in Nevada and Arizona, where counting of ballots continues. In Nevada, Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is trailing Republican challenger Adam Laxalt, but the outstanding vote favors her, Washington Post modeling shows. In Arizona, the model shows a toss-up, but Sen. Mark Kelly (D) remains a slight favorite over Republican Blake Masters. Winning both seats would give either party control of the Senate. If there’s a split, control will be determined by the Dec. 6 runoff in Georgia.

Control of the House remains in limbo, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has started gathering support for his bid to be the next speaker.

President Biden appeared Thursday at a political event in Washington, where he touted the strong night for Democrats, saying “This is the vote that showed some real enthusiasm for what we’re fighting for.”

The 2022 Midterm Elections

Georgia runoff election: Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D) won re-election in the Georgia Senate runoff, defeating Republican challenger Herschel Walker and giving Democrats a 51st seat in the Senate for the 118th Congress. Get live updates here and runoff results by county.

Divided government: Republicans narrowly won back control of the House, while Democrats will keep control of the Senate, creating a split Congress.

What the results mean for 2024: A Republican Party red wave seems to be a ripple after Republicans fell short in the Senate and narrowly won control in the House. Donald Trump announced his 2024 presidential campaign shortly after the midterms. Here are the top 10 2024 presidential candidates for the Republicans and Democrats.