The third biggest story of this election cycle behind the attempted coup against President Trump and the tightening of the Senate with Georgia becoming a winner-take-all pair of races is the huge pickups by Republicans in the House. Most analysts and nearly all polls predicted Democrats would expand their majority. Instead it is shrinking as Republicans picked up another new seat yesterday.
I received a gracious phone call from Rep. Max Rose today conceding the election. I want to thank him for his service to our nation in both the military and in Congress. We agreed to work together on a seamless transition to best serve our constituents.
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) November 12, 2020
Nicole Malliotakis took back a seat held by Republicans for a long time before Max Rose won in the 2018 blue wave. The Staten Island district is arguably the most conservative in New York City.
This win marks the 10th for Republicans with 15 left to decide.
It will probably be 11 soon with Young Kim appearing to be on her way to victory in CA39https://t.co/P70i2VEMTf
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 12, 2020
According to The Federalist, these surprise wins have hit House Democrats hard and prompted questions to be asked of and by leadership:
Last week’s losses however, have stunned Democrats where leadership expected to pick up as many as 15 to 20 seats expanding their ranks. On Monday, Illinois Democrat Rep. Cheri Bustos stepped down from her role as House Democrats’ campaign chief leading the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). According to Politico, Bustos explained in a letter to colleagues she was “gutted at the losses we sustained,” and pledged “a transparent after-action-review to better understand why the national polling and modeling environment failed to materialize.”
In a leaked call with Bustos, Pelosi, and the House Democratic caucus, moderate members cast blame on the party’s decision to embrace socialism and extreme calls to “Defund Police,” for costing them seats.
“No one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again,” said Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who narrowly pulled out a second term with a two-point win in the Richmond suburbs. “Nobody should be talking about socialism.”
These wins bode well for Republicans as they look to take control of the House in midterm elections. Now, we wait to see if President Trump can overcome the attempted coup and take advantage of his party’s success.
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