WASHINGTON (Gray DC) – Much attention is being paid to the state of Nevada as multiple House and Senate seats remain on the line with control of Congress.
Nevada has a reputation as a swing state, but in recent years, Democrats have won more than they have lost. Currently, they control 3 out of 4 state house seats. They also control Silver State Senate seats. However, political experts told the Washington Post that Republicans have gained an advantage this year, dividing the redistributed Democratic electorate. They have the opportunity to change all the seats in the House and one seat in the Senate, based on the results of the elections.
“People have taken it for granted that Nevada leans Democratic and is blue, but it’s still a swing state,” said Dr. Daniel Lee, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Three competitive races in the state include the re-election campaigns of Democrats Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Stephen Horsford, Lee said. He explained how redistricting played a role in this.
“What the Democrats did is they moved some voters out of Titus’ first district, which is a safe Democratic district, and they gave some Democratic voters into the third and fourth districts to Lee and Horsford to make them a little bit safer. But what What happened was that made Titus’ district very competitive as well. So they’re all very balanced in terms of partisanship, where they’re all in play, and there’s the potential for Republicans to win all four seats. said Lee.
Catherine Cortez-Masto, the country’s first Latino senator, is also in a tough race. Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution said Republicans appear to be gaining some ground in Hispanic communities, a large segment of Nevada’s voting population.
“It is far ahead. And, Hispanics are a major share, I think between one in five and one in four registered voters in Nevada are Hispanic. And this community has drifted away from the Democrats in recent election cycles,” he said.
The US Senate is currently split 50-50 between parties.
Democrats control the House because Vice President Kamala Harris broke the tie-breaking vote.
Meanwhile, in the House of Representatives, Democrats control 220 seats, Republicans hold 212, and there are three vacancies.
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