WASHINGTON – The Democratic Party had a majority in the House of Representatives, securing the necessary 218 seats on Sunday night, according to Decision Desk HQ.
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is likely to retain the party leadership after winning her own race in California, but she admitted in a letter to Democrats on Wednesday that The battle to keep the House of Representatives is trying more than many people imagine. Republicans have chosen at least four new seats.
“Even though it was a challenging election, all of our candidates – both Frontline and Red to Blue – made us proud,”; Pelosi wrote. “Our discipline in building a great battlefield proves the necessity of maintaining the Majority. Our success has helped us win the ‘deposit, texting and money’ realm, forcing Republicans to defend their own territory. “
Pelosi also wrote in the letter that Democrats had “overthrown important battlefield nations”, but as of Thursday afternoon it had yet to overthrow an incumbent Republican in the House of Representatives. .
While Democrats will retain a majority in the room, they have been hoping to expand their membership in the House of Representatives. Instead, they lost some of the senior seats and some central members of the caucus are believed to be pushing for new leadership.
Pelosi confirmed to CNN last month that she intends to seek another speaker term if Democrats hold their majority. She was the first woman to take on the role of speaker in the House of Representatives, a position she first assumed in 2007 and held until 2011 when the Republican party dominated. She was elected again as a speaker last year.
She announced in 2018 to serve only two more terms as Democratic leader in the House of Representatives to encourage younger, progressive members looking for a change.
“I’ve been here for a while, I don’t think anyone in our caucus, even in a drunken stupor, thinks they can go up against Nancy Pelosi and get the speaker rights,” Rep. Missouri’s Emanuel Cleaver told Politico in late October. “Any Nancy Pelosi’s departure will be because she wants to depart,” he added. “She is riding in the parade ahead. And the rest of the parade is happily following. ”
But when the election took place, the parade was not entirely fun.
In total, Democrats need to protect 30 seats in districts that President Donald Trump won in 2016; 28 of the 50 seats FiveThirtyEight considered most likely to turn the cycle around were Republicans.
Democrats took the lead in pre-Election Day polls and had a critical opportunity to pick a few seats across the country, but lost at least four. Democrats won two new North Carolina seats that were previously held by Republicans, but in large part because the redistribution changed the structure of those seats so dramatically that FiveThirtyEight gave the Democrats. owner 99% chance to win.
In 2018, the Democrats gained a majority by gaining a number of key suburbs, and it looked at many of its 42 first-year “frontline” members to have seats. easy to be exposed. Four of the popular members had currently lost seats by the time of publication.
In Florida, Democrats Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala both lost to the Republican challengers, as well as the Democrats. Abby Finkenauer of Iowa, Kendra Horn of Oklahoma, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina and Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico.
After regaining a majority in the House of Representatives in 2018, Democrats have historically sided with them as they entered 2020: The last time a majority in the lower house toppled two consecutive elections was 1954 and the last time he failed a presidential election was two years. before that, in 1952.
Since taking control of the conference room two years ago, the Democrats have passed bills to expand voting rights nationwide, address mass shootings, and scatter COVID-19 relief funds. sung, but nearly every bill dies in the Senate controlled by Republicans. That fate is likely to meet Democrats again, as the party’s hopes of toppling the Senate have been clouded in recent days.
Last year, House Democrats also voted to impeach Trump on two counts. No Republicans voted in favor of impeachment and starting a Senate trial, but two Democrats, Rep. Collin Peterson in Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew in New Jersey, have clashed with party and vote against the impeachment of the president. Van Drew then left the Democratic Party completely and became a Republican. Van Drew won his race for re-election. Peterson doesn’t.