After wresting control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans, the Democrats have taken a step closer to dominating the Senate. It is now being reported that they have won in Montana after a close call. That leaves just one state, Virginia, undecided. Counting is continuing in a very tight race there.
The Democrats now have 50 seats against the Republicans 49. In the event of a 50-50 breakdown in the Senate, Vice President Dick Cheney’s constitutional authority to break tie votes would keep the Senate under Republican leadership.
Only a third of Senate seats were up for grabs. But the Democrats gained control in a number of key Republican states.
The Democrats now have the upper hand in the House of Representatives having secured 226 seats. The Republicans’ losses took them down to 191 seats.