Republicans add more names to Democrat hit list in 2022: GOP now aims for 57 seats to win and take over in the meantime
- Republicans expanded their list of Democratic goals for the next year’s interim
- GOP has added 10 additional seats to their wish list, bringing the total to 57
- New announcement came after the Census Bureau released the first numbers, leaving Republicans hoping they can grab the five seats they need to win House.
- All 10 new targets come from states losing a congressional seat in the one-time redistribution process
Republicans expanded their list of Democratic targets for next year’s election, a sign of confidence in their ability to retake control of the House of Representatives.
The GOP campaign arm announced 10 new House seats that they are keeping an eye on for the midterms of 2022, bringing their total target list to 57 seats.
All 10 new targets come from states losing a congressional seat in the redistribution process.
“Republicans across the country have been offended,” NRCC chairman Tom Emmer said in a statement.
Republicans must get five seats in next year’s election to take control of the chamber, putting GOP leader Kevin McCarthy in charge and removing Nancy Pelosi from the speaking seat.
Republicans must pick up five seats in the House in next year’s election to take control of the room, putting GOP leader Kevin McCarthy in charge and removing Nancy Pelosi from the speaking seat.
New GOP targets
Ami Bera in California’s 7th District
Jim Costa in California’s 16th district
Raul Ruiz in California’s 36th district
Marie Newman in Illinois 3rd district
Dan Kildee in Michigan’s 5th district
Kathleen Rice in New York’s 4th district
Paul Tonko in New York’s 20th district
Joe Morelle in New York’s 25th district
Brian Higgins in New York’s 26th district
Chrissy Houlahan in Pennsylvania’s 6th District
The GOP took it as an encouraging sign that two Republicans were claiming both layoffs in the special election for a seat in the House outside Fort Worth, Texas.
That district is a trend towards the blue: Donald Trump earned it 12 points in 2016, but only 3 points in 2020.
Tuesday’s new target announcement came a week after the US Census Bureau presented their initial figures and states that will lose or gain seats in the House as a result of the once in a decade redistribution process.
Under the new census, California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia each lose a congressional seat.
Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, and Florida will have one seat, while Texas will add two.
Most political pundits saw the changes in favor of the Republicans, although they noted that the end result was not as bad for the Democrats as early predictions showed.
The detailed data that will be used to redraw the lines won’t be released until this fall, but the early numbers indicate that Republicans are ‘entering the coming mapping wars with a clear advantage’, wrote David Wasserman, a home election expert for the Cook Political Report.
Republicans benefited especially in Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina – those five states alone could give them the seats they need to retake the House.
Democrats saw their majority in the House shrink to one of the smallest margins in decades after the 2020 election, when 12 of their members fell for the GOP and every Republican incumbent president detained.
Republicans released a new list of Democratic targets after the census data came out