Democrats are hoping for something that seemed virtually unthinkable a week ago: holding the House now that they control After Clinching Senate, Dems Eye the Unthinkable.
Before the Georgia runoff in early December, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) was proclaimed the victor over Republican Adam Laxalt late on Saturday night, giving Democrats at least a 50-50 split in the upper chamber.
All eyes are on the House now that she has won. Democrats still have a chance to hold the lower chamber, even if it is remote. As there are 20 seats that have not yet been called.
Democrats would need to almost run the table in those uncalled races in order to keep the House. That’s still improbable, and Republicans are still the favorite to take control of the chamber. However, any majority — for any party — will probably be quite slim, which will come as a huge letdown to the Republican Party, which was already boasting about a red wave the morning before the election.
The Washington commentators claimed that we couldn’t prevail because of “history, history, history. Elections are about the future, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a Sunday morning interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “I have a lot of pride in our candidates.”
Just five of the 26 House contests that THEMACFORUMS predicted as being in doubt prior to the election have not yet been called. To take the chamber, Democrats would probably need to win all five of those, the remaining three uncalled contests anticipated as “lean Democratic” (in which they presently lead), and some districts earlier predicted as “lean Republican.”
Many of those contests are still up in the air in California, where there are still a lot of ballots to be counted and where mail-in votes in 2018 caused a significant change in the days and weeks after Election Day.
The Associated Press declared Republican candidate Lori Chavez-DeRemer the winner of the open-seat contest in Oregon’s 5th District on Sunday afternoon. Thus, there were 212 Republicans in total.
Pelosi admitted in the interview that her party would still have a long road to victory in the House. She didn’t say much more than “We’ll see” when asked if it was possible.
She continued by expressing her “disappointment” with the results of a few crucial House races that Republicans won in New York after the state Supreme Court invalidated a map drawn by the Democratic-controlled state Legislature that favored their party.
At the end of the day, those four votes “may make a difference,” Pelosi remarked. But we’re still trying. If the Democrats win, she also declined to say whether she would run for speaker again.
For House Republicans, the previous 96 hours have been painful.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), who is vying to become the House GOP whip, said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” on Sunday morning that the outcome of the election was “extremely disappointing on election night, not the one we expected.”
For weeks to come, there will be a lot of unpacking of the results. Did we adopt the incorrect approach? Why didn’t our message get across? Why did the public not support the Republican Party’s goals and message?
Republicans will still hold a “very small” majority, according to Banks, though. A slim House majority, according to him, would be “the last line of defense” against President Joe Biden’s plans.
On Saturday night, a surprise victory by Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez against far-right Republican Joe Kent in Washington’s red-leaning 3rd District gave Democrats’ chances of reclaiming the House a boost.
Republicans lost the seat after Kent, who was railing against Herrera Beutler for being one of the select few Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, successfully ousted Herrera Beutler from the district’s top-two all-party primary.
The election for governor of Arizona is one of the remaining significant uncalled races outside of the House. There, Republican Kari Lake, a former TV anchor who became a vocal supporter of Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election, was closely behind Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.
Even if Hobbs’ lead is shaky, it has held up. An update of nearly 100,000 ballots on Sunday evening decreased Hobbs’ advantage by around 10,000 votes. However, with 93 percent of the ballots counted, Lake will need more mail-in votes than she has been receiving in order to defeat Hobbs.
In an appearance with “Fox News Futures” on Sunday, Lake stated that she thought many of the remaining votes will swing Republican.
The tally is expected to be completed early this week, according to statements made by Maricopa County officials last week.
Even though the Senate is currently under one party’s control, the race for the chamber is still ongoing. A runoff election between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Herschel Walker (R) is scheduled for December 6. Democrats’ margin of victory increasing to 51-49 with the addition of one seat would have a big impact. Instead of an equal split, it would give them majorities on important panels. Additionally, it would make it simpler for the party to support Biden’s judicial and other choices, which is something the Democratic majority is likely to prioritize.
After securing an additional two years as Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared in a late-night press conference, “I’m optimistic in Georgia that Rev. Warnock will be reelected and back in the Senate.”
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), the committee chair, pleaded with contributors to support Walker’s campaign in a memo that was made public on Saturday afternoon by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Walker reportedly raised $7 million on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Scott memo. However, “we need to keep it up and make sure everyone does everything they can to support Herschel Walker and make sure we win back the majority,” the memo continued.
The 2024 campaign is already well underway, despite the fact that the 2022 midterm elections haven’t even been completed. Trump is expected to declare his candidacy for president on Tuesday, forcing Republicans to decide if they want to support him once more after a third unsuccessful presidential campaign under his leadership.
Regarding Biden, senior adviser Anita Dunn stated on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the president’s own plans won’t change in light of Trump’s statement.
The president has stated his intention to run and that he will formally decide either later this year or early next year, she said. Because of what the opposition is doing or a potential rival candidate may be doing, you shouldn’t run for president.
Trump has been openly appealed to by some Republicans to wait until after the Georgia runoff. They’re probably seeing unsettling memories to 2021 when Trump’s obsession with the idea of a stolen election probably lost Republicans Two Senate runoffs in the state. Trump, however, doesn’t appear to be modifying his position.
Trump’s fundraising team hinted at a run late on Saturday night after Democrats won Nevada and the Senate.
Who should be my vice president if you want me to run for president in 2024? a Trump-signed email was read. I’ll give you 30 minutes to respond.