Flash: Republicans officially take control of the House of Representatives after key elections are decided.
Published on 16.11.2022
A week after the midterm elections, decision-making office HQ and other mainstream media finally confirmed that Republicans are regaining control of the House, albeit by a narrow margin.
Today, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Ca., was elected Speaker of the House as Republicans won a key election that saw them cross the finish line and obtain the 218 seats necessary to obtain a majority.
The seat that took Republicans to 218 seats came after incumbent Kevin Kiley, R-Ca. retained its seat in California’s 3rd congressional district.
Kiley is currently leading by 10,000 votes with just over 50% of the vote.
While the red wave failed to materialize in many key states, states like Florida and New York with strong candidates leading the way in the polls, such as Ron DeSantis and Lee Zeldin, were key to delivering a majority of the House to Republicans.
Republicans won three seats in the House of Representatives in Florida and four in New York.
On election night, House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told his supporters that when they wake up the next day, they’ll be “in the majority and Nancy Pelosi will be in the minority.” »
This result took longer than expected – the “red wave” predicted by the GOP did not appear on Election Day – but after a week of waiting, the Republican Party won control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
Several races have yet to be announced by the decision desk, but Republicans are expected to hold only a narrow majority in the 118th Congress.
Mr. McCarthy, who faced a leadership challenge from Rep. Andy Biggs and the House Freedom Caucus, was elected by his peers on Tuesday to continue his role as GOP leader. He is on track to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House in January, although that is not guaranteed.