Who won the election: Why AP hasn’t called control of Congress

The full extent of the GOP majority may not be clear for a few more days — or weeks — as votes in competitive races are still being counted.

WASHINGTON – Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday after the Associated Press declared Mike Garcia the winner of the California race, securing the party the 218th seat needed for a majority. in room.

The release of thousands of votes in California’s 27th District allowed the AP to determine that there were not enough votes cast for Democratic challenger Christy Smith to overtake Garcia.

It took more than a week after the November 8 midterm elections for Republicans to secure the 218 minimum seats needed to oust the House from Democratic control for the next Congress. The full extent of a party majority may not be clear for a few days — or weeks — as votes in competitive races are still being counted.

Democrats will end up with at least 210 seats but no more than 217.

The AP does not make predictions and will declare the winner of a race only when it is determined that no scenario would allow the trailing candidates to close the gap.

WHAT IS KEEP?

With several states breaking records for mail-in ballots, vote counting was slow in many states. Following changes to voting during the coronavirus pandemic, some states have instituted more permanent voting changes, including unexcused absences and early in-person voting.

Republicans had six seats to reach the 218 needed for a majority last Sunday, but contests in California and Colorado are yet to be held. On Monday night, the group picked up a few more seats, to hit the 217 mark.

It wasn’t until Wednesday that Republicans finally reached 218 with new votes coming from California.

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WHY IS THIS PROBLEM?

Republicans are trying to take over Congress from Democrats, who have controlled the Senate since 2021 and the House of Representatives since 2019.

The party that controls the House can elect a new speaker. Coming to power on January 3, the GOP caucus will elect a new speaker, run every committee, and decide which bills go to the House.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced his “Pledge to America,” an overarching outline of the economy, border security and other policies Republicans will propose in the coming weeks. first day of the next Parliament.

McCarthy won the nomination for Speaker of the House on Tuesday, with a formal vote in January.

With the House under Republican control, it is possible that much of President Joe Biden’s agenda will be rendered ineffective during the last two years of his term. The bills need to be passed by both the House and Senate to get to Biden’s desk.

HOW ABOUT THE Senate?

Last Saturday, the AP determined that Democrats had maintained control of the Senate after calling the Nevada Senate race to incumbent Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto ahead of Republican rival Adam Laxalt. The Georgia race between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican rival Herschel Walker will lead to a run-off next month, meaning the Democrats could claim the 51st seat.

If the Republicans win Georgia, the House will remain split 50-50, as it is, with Vice President Kamala Harris – who sided with the Democrats – being an indiscriminate vote. win or lose.

Last Friday, the AP announced that Mark Kelly, the Democratic incumbent, defeated Republican rival Blake Masters in Arizona, bringing the partisan margin in the chamber down to 49-49.

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Edmund DeMarche

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