According to Wiki, Democrats have a majority in the Senate of the 117th United States Congress despite only having 48 seats. Why are the two independent senators being counted as Democrats? Please explain it at a level for a non-US resident to understand.
The current US Senate includes two Independent Senators who do not belong to either party but Caucus, which means to align with for counting purposes, with the Democrats.
The Independent Senators are Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine.
Despite being an Independent Senator, Bernie Sanders was in the Democratic Presidential Primary in 2016 and 2020.
This puts the Senate at 50/50. Adding Vice-president Kamala Harris to the Democratic side gives them a majority.