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Democrats increasingly optimistic about holding the Senate

Election workers sort mail-in ballots that were dropped off at polling locations at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in Phoenix. (Eric Thayer for The Washington Post)

As counting continues, Democrats are increasingly optimistic about their chances of winning Senate races in Arizona and Nevada, victories that would keep the party in control of the chamber regardless of what happens in a Dec. 6 runoff in Georgia.

In Arizona, the latest numbers showed the lead of Sen. Mark Kelly (D) widening over Republican challenger Blake Masters. In Nevada, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D) has gained on her GOP opponent, Adam Laxalt, and the remaining uncounted vote appears to favor her. But both races are still too close to call.

Republicans remain confident they will narrowly win the House, but several key uncalled races, particularly in Western states, are breaking in favor of Democrats, giving the party an outside shot at retaining control.

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.

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