Neither party has secured control of the House but Republican lawmakers will gather Tuesday on Capitol Hill to begin choosing their leadership for the next Congress.
Or they might not.
More than a dozen races are yet to be called, but the already poor showing by Republicans in the midterms has several ultraconservative GOP lawmakers questioning whether to dump California Rep. Kevin McCarthy as their leader and find someone else. At the very least, they want to postpone the vote.
Republicans have secured 217 seats, just one short of the 218 they need to control the House. Democrats have won 204, with 14 of the 435 seats up for election remaining uncalled, according to the latest election results.
Republicans are expected to capture the House but by a far slimmer margin than originally projected. Still, GOP control means the next Republican leader will be speaker of the House.
Here are the latest developments Tuesday.
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Florida governor and potential presidential candidate Ron DeSantis declined on Tuesday to comment on Donald Trump’s new and incessant criticism, blowing it off as part of the territory.
“One of the things I’ve learned in this job is when you’re leading, when you’re getting things done, yeah, you take incoming fire – that’s just the nature of it,” DeSantis told reporters just hours before Trump announces his 2024 plans.
DeSantis did not comment on Trump’s announcement, nor did he discuss his own plans for 2024. He did find time to reference last week’s elections, in which some Trump-backed candidates fell by the wayside while he racked up more than 59% in winning re-election in a key battleground state.
Discounting all the “noise” from the “corporate media” and others, DeSantis said: “At the end of the day, I would just tell people to go check out the scoreboard from last Tuesday night.”
– David Jackson
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., seemingly trolled defeated Arizona gubernatorial Republican nominee Kari Lake in a tweet on Monday night.
Cheney quote-tweeted an Oct. 28 tweet from Lake, in which Lake sarcastically thanked Cheney for encouraging Arizona voters to not support her.
“Your recent television ad urging Arizonans not to vote for me is doing just the opposite,” Lake taunted.
Yet, Cheney appeared to get the last laugh after Democrat Katie Hobbs defeated Lake in the Arizona governor’s race. “You’re welcome, @KariLake,” Cheney responded to Lake in a tweet.
– Mabinty Quarshie
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump is expected to announce plans to seek the presidency again in 2024 during a 9 p.m. event that comes a week after Republican election losses scrambled the emerging GOP nomination race and undercut the ex-president’s status as party leader.
Many Republicans blamed Trump for the GOP’s poor showing in the 2002 midterms, and are urging party members to look for a new candidate. Some as pushing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who defied trends by winning more than 59% of the vote in his re-election race.
Trump, who is under criminal investigation as well as political pressure, refused Republican entreaties to delay his announcement, and is going forward with a speech at his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Fla.
– David Jackson
It was supposed to be a coronation of sorts for McCarthy: The California Republican would ride a red wave in November to the speakership of the House, a post he has pursued for years.
But a dismal Republican showing in this month’s midterm elections have complicated his path. And when GOP lawmakers gather this week to begin choosing their leadership for the next Congress, McCarthy could find the going rocky – especially from his right flank.
Arizona GOP Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., a member of the far-right Freedom Caucus, is among the potential obstacles McCarthy faces in his path to speaker. Biggs thinks the GOP caucus should have a “good discussion” on whether McCarthy should assume the role, citing the under performance by Republican candidates as something to consider.
Biggs told Newsmax on Monday night that he would challenge McCarthy. The leadership vote takes place at 1 p.m.
– Ledge King, Sarah Elbeshbishi
Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs won the race for Arizona governor, beating out Republican nominee Kari Lake.
Hobbs, a veteran of Democratic politics, served as Arizona secretary of state and gained a national profile defending President Joe Biden’s victory in 2020.
Lake is a former television news host turned politician whose embrace of false claims that the 2020 election was stolen helped her win the endorsement of former President Donald Trump and the votes of many of his hardline supporters.
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Democrat Andrea Salinas has won the U.S. House seat in Oregon’s newly created 6th District.
The state representative and former congressional staffer defeated Republican Mike Erickson, a businessman.
Salinas was one of two candidates seeking to be Oregon’s first Latina congresswoman, along with Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer in the 5th District, who also won her race.
A population boom made Oregon one of just six states to gain a House seat following the 2020 census. The state’s population jumped by more than 10% in the past decade to more than 4.2 million people, giving it a new congressional district for the first time in 40 years.
– Associated Press