MARTINSBURG, W.V. – Republicans will maintain control of the U.S. Senate next year, according to CNN projections.
As of 12:00 a.m. EST, Republicans had won 51 seats while Democrats had won 43 seats.
Six races have yet to be called. Four of those races are considered to be in-play. Of the five races in-play Republicans are leading in two; Florida and Arizona.
Tuesday evening saw the defeat of Democratic senators Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.). All three represent states President Donald Trump won by double-digits. The only red-state Democrat to hang on thus far is W.Va. Sen. Joe Manchin.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) narrowly fended-off a challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn easily fended off what was expected to be a formidable challenge from Democrat Phil Bredesen in the Tennessee Senate race.
For months polls said Republicans would hold the Senate.
When all the votes are counted Republicans could control as many as 54 seats.
However, at this time, Republicans appear poised to lose the House.
If that happens, Democrats could call for investigations into the Trump administration. They would have subpoena power to request documents. Democrats could request that President Trump release his tax returns.
Trump enemies likely would become committee chairs. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who has urged public protests against administration officials, is the ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee and is expected to become committee chair should Democrats retake the House.