At a press conference on Saturday (November 12), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) expressed his belief that the midterm results were “vindication” for Democrats and the party’s agenda.
Schumer’s remarks follow the party holding onto the Senate majority after Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto attained victory in Nevada.
During the press conference, Schumer relayed that he believed “terrific” Democratic candidates, the party’s accomplishments and agenda, in addition to American voters rejecting the GOP’s “antidemocratic” and “extremist MAGA Republicans,” catapulted the party to victory.
Even without a win in Georgia, Democrats are projected to retain the Senate majority following the win of the Senate Democratic candidate in Nevada, who beat Republican and former Nevada Attorney General, Adam Laxalt.
For months, Republicans had been preparing for massive gains in the House and some gains in the Senate.
Those hopes were dashed on Election Day, when, despite inflation was still the number one concern among voters, the party couldn’t make any significant inroads in either chamber of Congress.
Republicans are still poised to win the House majority, but with a much narrower margin than initially projected.
Schumer also praised those in closely watched competitive races —like Cortez Masto, Arizona’s Sen. Mark Kelly, and New Hampshire’s Sen. Maggie Hassan — for being “fine human beings” who care about people and know “how to get things done.”
Schumer also elaborated that he believed these Democratic candidates defeated “very flawed” Republican challengers, who the Senate Majority Leader described as not believing in democracy or the truth.