Democrats went into the 2022 midterms with control of both chambers of Congress, but as of Friday night, it still remains unclear which party will control the House and Senate next year.
In Georgia, incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and GOP candidate Herschel Walker are heading to a December runoff because neither candidate secured a majority of the general election vote. And in Nevada, the outcome of the Senate race between incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt is still unclear.
Republicans would need to win both of those contests in order to secure the 51-seat majority necessary to gain control of the Senate next year.
The chamber is currently split between 50 Republicans, 48 Democrats, and 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats — Vice President Kamala Harris' role as tie-breaker means that Democrats have the majority.
Multiple Republican lawmakers have called for the postponement of the Senate GOP leadership elections that are slated for next week — but Politico reported that Senate GOP Conference Chair John Barrasso wrote to Republican senators and indicated that the leadership elections will take place on Wednesday, as had been planned.