2022 Midterm Election Results: Republicans Need Just Seven Seats to Win House Majority

2022 Midterm Election Results: Republicans Need Just Seven Seats to Win House Majority

The results of about two dozen congressional races across the country are still up in the air, and all Republicans must successfully unseat the chamber (and incumbent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) are seven of them.

So far, after Tuesday’s midterm election results, Republicans won 211 seats out of the 435-member chamber, just short of a 218-member majority.

Pivotal contests in Alaska, California, Colorado and Maine are all that keeps the GOP from celebrating a major midterm election victory or potentially admitting unexpected failure.

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Republicans are currently expected to win a majority in the House, although the final tally will not be known until early next week.

Left to right: Nick Begich, Alaska GOP House candidate, Sarah Palin, Alaska GOP House candidate, and Mary Peltola, Alaska Democrat House candidate.

Left to right: Nick Begich, Alaska GOP House candidate, Sarah Palin, Alaska GOP House candidate, and Mary Peltola, Alaska Democrat House candidate.
(Brandon Bell, Mary Peltola Campaign, Ash Adams for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The remaining races include:

Alaska Congressional District: Democratic Representative Mary Peltola and Republican Sarah Palin.

Arizona:
AZ-01 with Democrat Jevin Hodge and Republican Representative David Schweikert.
AZ-06 with Democrat Kirsten Engel and Republican Juan Ciscomani.

California:
CA-03 with Democrat Kermit Jones and Republican Kevin Kiley.
CA-06 with Democratic Representative Ami Bera and Republican Tamika Hamilton.
CA-09 with Democratic Representative Josh Harder and Republican Tom Patti.
CA-13 with Democrat Adam Gray and Republican John Duarte.
CA-21 with Democratic Representative Jim Costa and Republican Michael Maher
CA-22 with Democrat Rudy Salas and Republican Representative David Valadao
CA-26 with Democratic Representative Julia Brownley and Republican Matt Jacobs
CA-27 with Democrat Christy Smith and Republican Rep. Mike Garcia
CA-35 with Democratic Representative Norma Torres and Republican Mike Cargile
CA-41 with Democrat Will Rollins and Republican Representative Ken Calvert
CA-45 with Democrat Jay Chen and Republican Representative Michelle Steel
CA-47 with Democratic Representative Katie Porter and Republican Scott Baugh
CA-49 with Democratic Representative Mike Levin and Republican Brian Maryott
* CA-15, while undecided, includes two Democrats. This is also the case with the CA-34.

Colorado:
CO-03 with Democrat Adam Frisch and Republican Representative Lauren Boebert
CO-08 with Democrat Yadira Caraveo and Republican Barbara Kirkmeyer

Maine:
ME-02 with Democratic Representative Jared Golden and Republican Bruce Poliquin

New York:
NY-22 with Democrat Francis Conole and Republican Brandon Williams

Oregon:
OR-05 with Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner and Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer
OR-06 with Democrat Andrea Salinas and Republican Mike Erickson

Washington:
WA-03 with Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez and Republican Joe Kent

Both political parties claimed victory with the results of the midterm elections.

HOUSE GOP CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON ALL ‘THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE HAVE TURNED DOWN THE HOUSE’

Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy, who could become the next House Speaker, praised his party’s midterm performance.

“Clearly we’re going to take the House back,” McCarthy said Tuesday night. “We will be in the majority and [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi will be in the minority.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., addresses an election night in Washington, DC, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., Chairman of the Republican National Committee of Congress, also appears.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., addresses an election night in Washington, DC, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., Chairman of the Republican National Committee of Congress, also appears.
(Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

The Chairman of the Republican National Committee of Congress, Rep. Tom Emmer, told reporters on Wednesday that his party “achieved our goal” in winning back the majority of the House.

“For all naysayers, we’re happy to report that this is now the second straight cycle that House Republicans have won seats,” Emmer said. “Our gains were fueled by our diverse crop of candidates and this is a huge victory for our party.”

He added: “At the end of the day, the bottom line is that we flipped the House and now we’re going to control Joe Biden and the Democrats’ one-party rule.”

A POTENTIAL RED WAVE SEEMS TO TURN INTO A NET

Conversely, Democrats claimed success in fending off a Republican “red wave” that generally did not materialize.

“For two years, Republicans have boasted of a GOP ‘red wave’, but already the media and Republican members of Congress have admitted that this election is far from the right one,” said the executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Tim Persico.

The United States Capitol in Washington, DC, United States, on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

The United States Capitol in Washington, DC, United States, on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.
(Graeme Sloan/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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“We still have a long way to go, but whether we win or lose, our candidates, our members and our teams all have something to be proud of – they fought hard, even when everyone counted them out,” said- he also said.

Across Capitol Hill, the U.S. Senate majority is also still up for grabs, with Republicans and Democrats holding 49 seats each, with Nevada and Georgia still up for grabs.

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