The Democratic Party in the United States retains its majority in the US Senate after a key victory in the midterm elections in the state of Nevada.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto prevailed over Republican challenger Adam Laxalt, a former state attorney general backed by former President Donald Trump, according to projected results.
Thus, Democrats now have 50 seats in the 100-member Senate, compared to 49 for Republicans.
A similar outcome is also expected in the state of Georgia, where there will be a runoff on September 6.
At the same time, a growing majority for the Republicans in the lower house of Congress is emerging.