After a couple of key races were declared for the Democrats, it appears as if President Biden's party will be in the driver's seat of the Senate for the next two years. 

Regardless of the outcome of an Alaska race-- where two Republicans are in a ranked-choice showdown-- and a runoff race in Georgia between Democrat incumbent U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker, it looks like Dems will keep at least their 50-50 majority in the Senate, where Vice President Harris wields a tie-breaking vote for the party.

With 35 of the chamber's 100 voting seats up for grabs this election cycle, the Dems managed to keep all their spots including holding on to highly competitive seats in Arizona and Nevada while flipping a contested seat in Pennsylvania currently held by a retiring Republican. In these three races, anti-gun groups ponied up big bucks to help make it happen. 

 

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In Arizona, with U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly almost six points ahead of Republican Blake Masters by Sunday night with 93 percent of the vote counted, all signs point to the Dems keeping the seat once held by Republican John McCain for six terms. Kelly, the co-founder of the Giffords gun control group-- which dropped $10 million on "gun sense candidates" nationwide this cycle, benefited from a $1.4 million infusion into Arizona's politics by Michael Bloomberg's Everytown organization. 

In Nevada, with incumbent U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D) running against a tough Republican challenge from former state attorney general Adam Laxalt, by Sunday night it appeared that the Democrat edged up just over 6,000 votes with some 95 percent of ballots tabulated. Laxalt had maintained a slight lead almost all week. Cortez Masto, who proudly voted in favor of gun control while in the Senate, and stumped for expanded background checks, received some $1 million in Everytown support as part of the $3 million the group spent in Nevada.

In a blue-no-matter-who moment, as part of a $2.1 million investment towards gun control policy in Pennsylvania this election, Democrat Lt. Gov. John Fetterman beat Republican challenger, Dr. Mehmet Oz, for the seat currently held by retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. As of Sunday night, Fetterman held an almost five-point lead in the race with 95 percent of the votes counted. Endorsed by Giffords-- who dropped another $2.5 million in Pennsylvania ad buys against Oz-- the Dem has made his feelings on gun bans on popular semi-auto rifles well known. 

"I’ve always supported a ban to the assault rifle ownership," Fetterman stated on April 11, stressing that the elimination of the filibuster should be on the table to do so. "We should not have weapons of war in the hands of civilians."

Meanwhile, despite flipping several Democrat-held seats, Republicans could only count 212 spots in the U.S. House by Sunday night-- versus 204 held by Dems-- with another 10 leaning various shades of red. At least 218 seats are needed to control the body.

Photo: An AR-15 variant, one of the most popular rifles in America, in the Guns.com Vault. 

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