by Bronson Winslow
Republicans gained control of the United State House of Representatives, edging out a narrow victory in the tightly-contested midterm elections.
The GOP currently holds 218 seats after mail-in ballots caused over a week of delays in results, The Associated Press reported, though that number may grow as the last few remaining races wrap up. The elections were far closer than pre-midterm projections, with most pollsters predicting Republicans would take between 225 and 255 seats.
“There was a widespread anticipation that [election night] was going to be a bad night for Democrats. But, you know, the question is like, How bad would it be? It was very likely that the House would flip, and by definition, that’s a bad night by any standard, but it’s a lot less bad for Democrats than I think we thought,” Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Though final results were below initial predictions, Republicans picked up key seats in Florida, taking 21 of 28 House districts, according to the Associated Press. In New York, Republicans flipped four traditionally blue Democrat seats, taking 10 of the 26 seats.
In Virginia, Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger was reelected, leading Democrats to take one more seat than Republicans, 6 to 5, according to the Associated Press. In Rhode Island, Democrat Seth Magaziner won his seat, despite pre-election predictions that the seats would turn red, according to The Washington Post.
🚨BREAKING🚨 Republicans are now projected to win control of the United State House of Representatives, after gaining 7 seats, 2 more than they needed to win control of the chamber. pic.twitter.com/yFZ9lz1riP
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 14, 2022
In Georgia, where Republican Herschel Walker and Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock are heading to a runoff, Republicans took 9 seats and Democrats took 5, according to the Associated Press.
“Here’s what we do know: While the press and the pundits are predicting a giant red wave, it didn’t happen,” Biden said in a news conference following the Nov. 8 midterm elections, according to The Washington Post. “[Voters] sent a clear, unmistakable message that they want to preserve our democracy and protect the right to choose in this country.”
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Bronson Winslow is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.