WASHINGTON — Races for more than a dozen House seats went unchallenged Monday night, leaving political control of the chamber unclear nearly a week after voting ended in the midterm general election cycle of 2022.
Most of the 14 House seats that NBC News did not name are in California. So far, Democrats have won 206 seats and Republicans have won 215. A party needs 218 to hold a majority in the House.
In California, where ballots can be counted if they are postmarked by Election Day and arrived within seven days, 11 races are yet to have a winner. That includes the competitive race between GOP Representative David Valadao and his Democratic challenger Rudy Salas to represent the state’s 22nd congressional district. The contest between Democratic Representative Mike Levin and Republican challenger Brian Baryott in the 49th Congressional District had not been resolved, and Democratic Representative Katie Porter is seeking to fend off Republican Scott Baugh in the 47th Congressional District.
The states that have an unnamed breed are Alaska, Colorado, and Maine.
Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola, for example, is seeking to re-beat Republican Sarah Palin, the 2012 GOP vice-presidential nominee, to represent the state’s single House seat. Peltola defeated Palin in a special election in late August.
In Arizona, NBC News projected Monday night that Republicans flipped the seat of the 6th congressional district, which represents the southeastern region of the state where Democrat Kirsten Engel ran against Republican Juan Ciscomani.
Far-right GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert could be re-elected to Colorado’s 3rd congressional district seat despite Democrat Adam Frisch’s initial delay last week in what turned out to be a surprisingly close race in the party. rural and western state.
The latest numbers suggest the Republicans hold the edge. NBC News estimates that Republicans will hold 220 seats, while Democrats will control 215 seats, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 seats.
Over the weekend, Democrats secured a majority in the Senate for the next Congress, with Sens re-election. Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada and Mark Kelly in Arizona. Georgia will hold a runoff on Dec. 6 because neither Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, nor Republican Herschel Walker won a majority of votes.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is bracing for a GOP takeover, announcing teams to oversee the transition last week. Members of the House Republican Conference are to hold their election behind closed doors to choose their leaders for the new Congress on Tuesday. A formal and official vote for the speaker takes place on the floor when the new Congress meets.
However, more than 60 leading conservatives, including former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, are calling for the GOP leadership elections in the House and in the Senate be postponed until after the second round of the Georgian Senate.
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