They were trying to win more seats so they could focus on projects like public health and fundraising, among others.
While the entire United States, and much of the world, waited with anticipation for the results of the presidential elections, some were also looking toward the Capitol. The future of the United States Congress was also at stake at the polls.
Democrats sought to extend control of the House of Representatives for two more years, focused on public health, his dominance in fundraising, and outrage at President Donald Trump in the suburbs.
Republicans were trying to defeat some of the 29 Democrats in districts won by Trump in 2016, mostly new to politics, in places like Iowa, Oklahoma, Salt Lake City, rural New Mexico, New York State and Virginia.
But nearly all representatives in potentially vulnerable districts spent more on their campaigns than their Republican rivals, often by wide margins. Democrats also sought to win seats currently in Republican hands around Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston and Indianapolis and even in Republican strongholds such as Little Rock, Arkansas, western Colorado and Alaska.
Representatives of both parties agreed that Republicans were mostly on the defensive and that they would be lucky if they can limit Democratic gains to the single digits. Democrats control the lower house with 232 seats, compared to 197 for Republicans, with five open seats and one independent. 218 seats required for majority in chamber.
“The president’s numbers have dropped a little bit in districts that he won by double digits, he’s not reaching that level in some places, and that’s creating a kind of drag further down the ballot,” GOP strategist Liesl Hickey explained the day before. to the elections.
If Democrat Joe Biden beats Trump and the Democrats win a majority in the Senate, the party would control the White House and both houses of Congress for only the second time since 1995. They had the presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives in their hands. last in 2009 and 2010, the first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency.
A larger Democratic majority would make it easier for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to get approval on party priorities like expanding health insurance coverage and creating jobs with new infrastructure projects.
After two years as one of the party’s most effective counterpoints to Trump, Pelosi, 80, will almost certainly serve two more years in front of the House.
A handful of progressives from safe Democratic districts in New York and other parts of the country were assured of winning their elections, virtually guaranteeing confrontations over how to implement a liberal agenda. Still, the moderates seem to be more than the progressives.