McCarthy's victory party turns into a dud

McCarthy’s victory party turns into a dud

McCarthy, flanked by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and House GOP campaign leader Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), claimed that Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.) lost his race and would be the first Democratic congressional campaign committee chairman to be ousted in 40 years, and that Republican nominee Anthony D’Espocito had won his seat in New York. No race had been called.

The sleepy event was not the victory Republicans had imagined. In downtown DC at the Westin Hotel, GOP staffers and lobbyists had flocked to various open bars scattered around the downstairs ballroom around 9 p.m., anxiously awaiting the results elections are starting to roll in from TVs tuned to Fox News.

However, in the hours leading up to McCarthy’s appearance, there was little cheering as the room watched the competitive races unfold with mixed results.

‘Oh no,’ one woman exclaimed, as Fox News showed John Fetterman triumphing over Mehmet Oz in the Pennsylvania Senate race, hours after Republicans began acknowledging they wouldn’t get their tsunami red.

“The RED WAVE did not happen. Republicans and Independents stayed home. DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT THE RESULTS IF YOU DIDN’T DO YOUR PART! tweeted Rep. Mayra Flores (R-Texas), which won its district in a special election in June but lost the seat to Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (R-Texas) Tuesday after the redistricting.

Echoing that sentiment, Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) proclaimed on NBC News: “Definitely not a Republican wave, that’s for sure.”

A number of seats targeted by Republicans had already been called for Democrats or looked likely to be won by them. Among them was Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), who fended off a challenge from GOP candidate Yesli Vega in what was considered one of the Commonwealth’s most competitive races.

GOP hopes of flipping a district in deep blue Rhode Island were also dashed when Democrat Seth Magaziner defeated GOP nominee Allan Fung. And Wiley Nickel held an edge against GOP nominee Bo Hines in North Carolina early Wednesday, though the race has yet to be officially announced.

Although Democrats held firm in some areas, some House Republicans were still publicly cheerful. representing Thomas Masse (R-Ky.) told reporters after midnight that he was “equally pleased with a narrow majority.” Then he illustrated why this narrow majority would benefit him but be tough on McCarthy and other Republican leaders.

“I mean, look what Joe Manchin did in the Senate as the deciding vote, right? I would like the Massie caucus to be relevant. If there is a majority of one seat, my caucus has one person. It’s me. So I can decide whether a bill passes or not,” Massie said, noting that 218 seats means they have subpoena power. “I wouldn’t be the right person if you’re trying to find someone heartbroken because we don’t have a 40-seat majority.”

Outside of Massie, the only other GOP lawmaker found on the GOP’s flagship election night in Washington was the Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Arizona), who made an early morning appearance.

For much of the evening, the ballroom was relatively quiet and attendees were somewhat sparse or scattered before McCarthy took the stage, which was emblazoned with the words “TAKE BACK THE HOUSE.” Planners apparently hadn’t planned for such a late night, as they were figuring out how to ensure guests would still have access to alcohol after 1 a.m.

The muted affair stood in stark contrast to an exultant private party beforehand, hosted by the Republican National Congressional Committee, which included McCarthy and McDaniel as they prepared for the results.

The Democrats, meanwhile, have somehow won their own victory lap, despite projections that they will always lose the House.

“While many races remain too close to announce,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a 1:30 a.m. statement, “it’s clear that House Democrats and candidates are sharply exceeding expectations across the country.” .

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