Republican leadership on Capitol Hill shifting after midterm results


Lisa Desjardins:

A lot of things are brewing, Judy. What an intrigue we have here in Congress.

Now let’s see where the races stand for the House of Representatives, the checks and balances as we know it, as the Associated Press calls it. Here are the races called, the number; 204 Democrats had races called for them, 212 Republicans.

As we’ve said repeatedly, Kevin McCarthy’s Republicans need 218 votes. They haven’t got it in the–in this place yet. And let’s look at some of those races that are still close.

For example, the 13th congressional district of California, we talked about it. This is John Duarte, the pistachio and almond farmer. He is ahead of Adam Gray, whose family is in the dairy business, by just 84 votes. Can you believe that, 61 percent of the votes expected?

This is a race where I think Democrats could come back and take that seat, or it could be Republicans. Who knows. The count in California is taking a long time and we don’t know when we’ll have the results.

But let me give people a summary of where we are overall. In the race for the House of Representatives, we now have 19 uncalled races left across the country. Now, those 19 are almost split between Republicans and Democrats, with Republicans having just one more seat, 10 seats out of those nine, which they lead.

But, on the whole, we are mainly expecting the West. California still has the most seats. And Arizona also has two seats on the left.

Meanwhile, Judy, I just got back from the House Republican meeting. They are holding speeches tonight to determine who will be their leaders in the next session. And, of course, Kevin McCarthy has spoken, says he wants to be a speaker. No one stood up to challenge him. But that’s something I think we’re going to talk about.


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