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US Election 2020: Republicans and Democrats battle for control of Congress


As well as the White House, Democrats and Republicans are in a crucial race for control of Congress.

In the Senate, Democratic former governor John Hickenlooper has taken Colorado’s seat from the Republican incumbent Cory Gardner. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump ally Lindsey Graham have however both been re-elected. In Alabama, Republican candidate Tommy Tuberville has taken the seat from Democratic incumbent Doug Jones.

Senators serve six-year terms, and every two years a third of the seats are up for re-election. This year, 35 out of 100 senate seats are being contested. To gain control, a party needs 51.

Another news The congressional election is running alongside the battle for the White House between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. A Democrat-controlled House and Senate would have the power to obstruct the plans of a second-term President Trump, or push through the agenda of a first-term President Biden.

In the Senate, Republicans already have a 53-47 majority – meaning Democrats need an overall gain of four seats in order to win an outright majority. Of the 35 seats up for grabs, 23 are currently Republican-held and 12 are Democrat.

Among the candidates for Senate this year were a pastor, a football coach and a former astronaut. Meanwhile the Democrats already have control of the House of Representatives, and are looking to keep hold of it while also gaining a majority in the Senate.

Voters are also choosing representatives in their local state senates – and in Delaware, Democratic candidate, Sarah McBride has made history as the country’s first ever trans state senator.

source : BBC