Of the 26 POLITICO House races scheduled as toss before the election, only five remain uncalled. Democrats would likely have to win all five, win the other three unnamed races slated as “skinny Democrats” — they currently lead in all three — and eat in some districts originally slated as “skinny Republicans” to win the chamber.
A number of those undecided races are taking place in California, where many votes go uncounted and mail-in votes produced a big change in 2018 in the days and weeks after Election Day.
On Sunday afternoon, The Associated Press called the open-seat race in Oregon’s 5th District, in which the GOP was slightly favored, for Republican candidate Lori Chavez-DeRemer. That put the Republican number at 212.
Pelosi acknowledged in the interview that it would still be difficult for his party to win the House. “We’ll see” was about all she offered in response to a question about the possibility.
She added that she was “disappointed” with the outcome of a handful of key House races in New York that Republicans overturned, after the state Supreme Court rejected a map the US legislature The Democrat-controlled state drew in favor of their party.
“Those four votes could make a difference in the end,” Pelosi said. “But we didn’t give up.” She also declined to say whether she would run for president again if the Democrats won.
The past 96 hours have been bittersweet for House Republicans.
“It was a very disappointing result on election night, not what we expected,” the rep said. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), who is running to be the House GOP whip, said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” on Sunday morning. “There will be a lot of unpacking of the result in the weeks to come. Did we have the wrong strategy? Why didn’t our message get through? Why didn’t voters buy into the vision and message the Republicans were selling? »
But Banks predicted Republicans would still win a “very thin” majority. He said a small majority in the House would serve as a “last line of defense” against President Joe Biden’s agenda.
Democratic hopes of winning the House received a surprising boost on Saturday night, when Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez defeated far-right Republican Joe Kent in Washington’s red-leaning 3rd District. Republicans lost the seat after Kent successfully moved the GOP representative. Jaime Herrera Beutler on the district’s first two multiparty primaries, blaming her for being one of the few Republicans to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in instigating the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Outside of the House, one of the last major uncalled races is the race for governor of Arizona. There, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs narrowly leads Republican Kari Lake, a former TV anchor who has become a leading propellant of Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.
Hobbs’ lead is tenuous. The secretary of state’s office estimated late Saturday that there were about 250,000 ballots left to be counted statewide, in addition to 16,000 provisional ballots that could be added to the tally. The vast majority of those ballots are in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county.
In a Sunday interview on “Fox News Futures,” Lake said she expected those ballots to lean toward Republicans.