Republicans Need Just 7 Seats to Clinch House Majority With 23 Competitive Races Still Uncalled

Republicans Need Just 7 Seats to Clinch House Majority With 23 Competitive Races Still Uncalled
Residents cast votes at Neversink fire engine company in Port Jervis, N.Y., on Nov. 8, 2022. (Cara Ding/The Epoch Times)
Tom Ozimek

Republicans need to pick up just 7 seats of the 23 competitive races that remain uncalled to reverse Democrats’ razor-thin majority in the House, with just a handful of tossups standing in the way of the lower chamber flipping red.

As states continue to count outstanding votes from the midterm election and Americans still don’t know the final balance of power in Washington, Republicans hold a lead of 211 House seats against Democrats’ 199, according to data from The Associated Press.

Data from Decision Desk, which The Epoch Times uses in its Election 2022 map, shows Republicans with 210 seats compared to Democrats’ 198.

While Republicans appear to be grinding towards a House majority, control of the Senate remains unclear with the race in Georgia heading to a runoff and the race in Nevada still up in the air.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who is poised to become speaker if the GOP takes control of the lower chamber, said after midnight in Washington on Election Day, that he believes Republicans are on track to retake the House.

“The American people are ready for a majority that will offer a new direction that will put America back on track,” he said.

With 218 seats needed for a majority in the House, the Associated Press has called the race for 410 of 435 House seats up for election.

Excluding two non-competitive races pitting two Democrat candidates against one another, here are the 23 competitive House races that have yet to be called, per AP data.

In Alaska’s at-large Congressional District, where 80 percent of the vote is in, Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola leads Republican Sarah Palin by 47.3 percent to 26.6 percent.
In AZ-01, with 82 percent reporting, Democrat Jevin Hodge leads Republican Rep. David Schweikert by 50.7 percent to 49.3 percent.
In AZ-06, where 83 percent of the vote is in, Democrat Kirsten Engel trails Republican Juan Ciscomani by 49.5 percent to 50.5 percent.
In CA-03, with 53 percent reporting, Democrat Kermit Jones trails Republican Kevin Kiley by 47 percent to 53 percent.
In CA-06, where 52 percent of the vote is in, Democrat Rep. Ami Bera leads Republican Tamika Hamilton by 56.2 percent to 43.8 percent.
In CA-09, with 47 percent reporting, Democrat Rep. Josh Harder leads Republican Tom Patti by 56.3 percent to 43.7 percent.
In CA-13, where 61 percent of the vote is in, Democrat Adam Gray trails Republican John Duarte by 49.9 percent to 50.1 percent.
In CA-21, with 75 percent reporting, Democrat Rep. Jim Costa leads Republican Michael Maher by 54.6 percent to 45.4 percent.
In CA-22, where 53 percent of the vote is in, Democrat Rudy Salas trails Republican Rep. David Valadao by 47.5 percent to 52.5 percent.
In CA-26, with 59 percent reporting, Democrat Rep. Julia Brownley leads Republican Matt Jacobs by 54.3 percent to 45.7 percent.
In CA-27, where 64 percent of the votes are in, Democrat Christy Smith trails Republican Rep. Mike Garcia by 44 percent to 56 percent.
In CA-35, with 57 percent reporting, Democrat Rep. Norma Torres leads Republican Mike Cargile by 56 percent to 44 percent.
In CA-41, where 59 percent of the vote is in, Democrat Will Rollins trails Republican Rep. Ken Calvert by 49.4 percent to 50.6 percent.
In CA-45, with 67 percent reporting, Democrat Jay Chen trails Republican Rep. Michelle Steel by 46 percent to 54 percent.
In CA-47, where 67 percent of the vote is in, Democrat Rep. Katie Porter leads Republican Scott Baugh by 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent.
In CA-49, with 66 percent reporting, Democrat Rep. Mike Levin leads Republican Brian Maryott by 52.1 percent to 47.9 percent.

The two uncalled California races that feature two Democrats are CA-15 and CA-34.

In CO-03, where 99 percent of the vote is in, Democrat Adam Frisch trails Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert by 49.8 percent to 50.2 percent.
In CO-08, with 98 percent reporting, Democrat Yadira Caraveo leads Republican Barbara Kirkmeyer by 48.4 percent to 47.7 percent, with Libertarian candidate Richard Ward with 3.9 percent.
In ME-02, where 99 percent of the vote is in, Democrat Rep. Jared Golden leads Republican Bruce Poliquin by 48.2 percent to 44.9 percent, with Independent candidate Tiffany Bond with 6.9 percent.
New York:
In NY-22, with 97 percent reporting, Democrat Francis Conole trails Republican Brandon Williams by 49.2 percent to 50.8 percent.
In OR-05, where 84 percent of the vote is in, Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner trails Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer by 48.8 percent to 51.2 percent.
In OR-06, with 77 percent reporting, Democrat Andrea Salinas leads Republican Mike Erickson by 49.7 percent to 48 percent, with Constitution Party candidate Larry McFarland with 2.3 percent of the vote.
In WA-03, where 70 percent of the vote is in, Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez leads Republican Joe Kent by 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent.

If all the Republican candidates manage to hold their leads in the above races, this would give the GOP another 10 seats for a slim but significant House majority of 221 to 214.

Tom Ozimek is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times. He has a broad background in journalism, deposit insurance, marketing and communications, and adult education.
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