The most awaited event of 2020 is here, and Joe Biden is going to be the 46th President of the United States as he is enjoying a healthy lead over President Donald Trump. While you are waiting for the rest of the results in the swing states, we have come with an article on the 2020 election House race results and who are the winners and losers.
There are 438 house races going on as all seats of the House of Representatives are to be filled by election, and the Democrats are keen to extend their control of the chamber along with fighting the race to the White House.
It is important for Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, to make it easy for the Biden administration to make decisions. Democrats won 41 additional seats in 2018 compared to 2016. This time Democrats are likely to win the majority of the house however they may end up losing their majority.
Progressive Squad re-elected
All four members of the Progressive Squad won their respective house races and are re-elected for another two years in the House of Representatives and are no longer newcomers.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won from New York, Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts, and Rashida Talib from Michigan will serve another two-year term in the House of Representatives after being re-elected.
These four women of color were elected for the first time in 2018, and since that time, they have been active with regard to climate change, health care, and many other progressive causes for the people of the United States.
Their agenda of a progressive approach and voicing the opinion of the American people has earned them the name of Progressive Squad. They have also been the subject of several controversies spread by the Republican Party and their supporters.
Another important thing that is worth mentioning at this point is that Talib, along with Omar, is the first Muslim woman to be ever elected as a member of the House of Representatives in the United States.
Additionally, other progressive representatives have also won their houses races. These include Parmila Jaypal, who won from Washington, and Mark Pocan, who won from Wisconsin. Both will serve another term in the House. Jamaal Bowman from New York and Cori Bush from Missouri came to the House of Representatives for the first time.
Four Members of the Samosa Caucus won their house races:
Samosa Caucus is an informal term that refers to the Indian-American lawmakers who are either part of the House of Representatives or the Senate. This election witnessed the emergence of the Indian-American community as a considerable voting population.
Approximately 1.8 million Indian-Americans are registered as voters in the United States in the key states of Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The group consists of five members, with four from the House of Representatives and the vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.
The senior-most member of the group, Dr. Ami Bera won his house race while defeating his Republican rival, Buzz Patterson, with a lead of more than 19 percent according to the latest reports. He is elected from the 7th Congressional District of California for the fifth consecutive term.
Mr. Krishnamoorthi defeated Preston Nelson of the Liberation Party by gaining 71 percent of the total votes. Ro Khanna won from the 17th Congressional District of California for the third time by defeating Republican candidate Ritesh Tandon, another Indian-American. Pramila Jaypal also succeeded in gaining another two-year term in the House.
Sri Preston Kulkarni lost the house race against Republican Troy Nehls in Texas. Republican Menga Anantatmula and Nisha Sharma lost in their maiden house race.
Democrats appear to lose key House races:
The Democratic Party still holds the majority in the House of Representatives, but it appears that they may not be able to add any new seats. With earlier results and polls, it was thought that Democrats could add from five to twenty seats on their benches but ended up losing six of their own and failed to pick off any Republican representatives.
There are strong possibilities that the Democrats will lose three house races from New York, Michigan, and California. They also appear to have lost seats from Iowa, New Mexico, Florida, and Oklahoma.
In the earlier scenario, Democrats were hoping to bag the seats of Ohio, Missouri, and from retiring representatives Susan Brooks and Pete Olson. Rather than expanding their margin with a new fifteen to twenty seats, the Democrat’s margin is now shrinking.
According to the NRCC projection, the Democrats will have around 208 to 212 seats in the House of Representatives. This will have severe consequences for Democrats in terms of major legislation and bills.
With the loss of moderates like Peterson and Kendra Horn, the House Democratic group is now expected to be more liberal. This has also resulted in doubts on the coronavirus package of Pelosi, as she will now be receiving pressure from both sides. Moreover, this also clears the path for a Republican Senate, as the House will have to reach an agreement to fund the government.
Republicans flipped back several key states’ seats
After the historic defeat in the 2018 house races, Republicans are again gaining considerable space in the House of Representatives. Although they will not be able to make the majority, they will still give a tough time to the Democrats. Republicans have flipped back several key seats that they lost to the Democrats in 2018.
Republicans captured back two seats from the most populated district of Florida, Miami-Dade, from freshman Congresswomen.
Donald Trump’s allegation of socialism on the part of the Democrats seems to work in the 26th and 27th Congressional District of Florida, where Cuban-Americans, many of whom have fled from the regime of Fidel Castro, make a large portion of the voting population.
Other victories of the Republicans are in some key House races especially South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, 7th Congressional District of Minnesota, and 5th Congressional District of Oklahoma.
The exact number of electoral votes which each presidential nominee will get is not known yet. While many freshmen entered the House of Representatives by winning their respective house races, many also failed to do so. The fight is still going on, but the results are clear that Democrats hold the majority; however, with a very less margin.
Donald Trump has declared premature victory, along with rejecting the results, and declared on the election night that he would go to the Supreme Court because of mismanagement in the polls.
There are states whose elections have still have not been called; they will be updated as soon as they come out.
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