Alaska win puts Republicans a seat away from keeping Senate majority

Alaska win puts Republicans a seat away from keeping Senate majority

November 15, 2020

Dan Sullivan won re-election in Alaska on Wednesday — putting the Republicans within one seat of maintaining their majority in the U.S. Senate.

The Republican incumbent defeated independent challenger Al Gross who was running with the backing of Democrats, meaning control of the Senate will come down to two runoff elections in Georgia between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Democrats have 48 seats in the Senate.

Sullivan’s win gave the Republicans a slight edge in the Senate after Democrat Cal Cunningham conceded his race against GOP Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina on Tuesday — a week after Election Day.

“I just called Senator Tillis to congratulate him on winning reelection to a second term in the U.S. Senate and wished him and his family the best in their continued service in the months and years ahead,” Cunningham said in a statement.

But if Democrats manage to take the two Georgia seats, the Senate would be tied 50-50 with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris breaking any tie votes.

President Trump was also projected as winning Alaska, giving him the state’s three electoral votes.

But President-elect Joe Biden surpassed the 270 Electoral College votes threshold when Pennsylvania’s results showed him defeating Trump.

With Post wires

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