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Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.) pose for a photo on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. (Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post)

Today, Democrats are celebrating Sen. Raphael G. Warnock’s win in the Georgia runoff, a victory that capped midterm elections in which the party increased its majority in the Senate to 51 members. Typically, the party of the president loses seats in midterms. During a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill, an ebullient Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) noted that this year marked the first time since 1934 that every Democratic Senate incumbent won with the party in power.

In Washington, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, the spouse of Vice President Harris, hosted a roundtable on the rise of antisemitism in the United States. Later Wednesday, President Biden spoke at a vigil in Washington for victims of gun violence.

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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.