Out of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 218 of those coveted seats went to Democrats, earning them the majority. Republicans, though still in the minority, garnered 202 seats. Previously, Democrats had 232, but these elections proved somewhat extraordinary. Republicans were able to flip or snatch away at Democratic seats.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi remarked, “We’ve lost some battles, but we’ve won the war.” Republicans, though, are not giving up on their chances. As a matter of fact, the number of Republican women increased from 13 to 26. For the 2022 elections, Republicans are now hoping to finally increase their numbers or even gain the majority in the House of Representatives. 2010 was the last time Republicans had a majority on that side the wing.
Pelosi already is prepping to deal with a Democratic Party that is beset with internal problems, both technical and ideological. Centrists and those on the far left of the political spectrum have already fired at each other the first shots. Both have vastly different agendas and would like to steer the new administration into one way or the other. Mr. Biden has so far been looking into moderate members of his party for cabinet picks, something the far left has already taken a note of.
Kyle Kondik, a political analyst for the University of Virginia aptly stated, “It feels like a small but important number of voters who didn’t like Trump and voted for Biden also didn’t want to give control of Congress to Democrats.” Some centrists within the Democrats blame the far left progressives for this increase in Republican seats. Abigail Spanberger, a Virginia Democrat, placed the blame on these elements and their call for defunding the police for almost costing her the election.
We would need to look until 2022 to see how big the consequences are.