GOP in 'Great Position' to Take House in 2022 Due to Redistricting (Dreamstime)
By Theodore Bunker | Thursday, 17 December 2020 02:08 PM
The Republican Party is “in a great position” to take control of the House in 2022 thanks to their slight gains in the lower chamber in the recent election, which could give the GOP the advantage when redistricting.
Republicans won 11 seats in the last election, which brings them to a total of 212, just six shy of a majority in the House.
“We start in a great position,” Dan Conston, head of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC associated with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told the Washington Examiner. “But the last thing Republicans should be doing is measuring the drapes.”
The Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman recently noted that Texas could gain an additional three districts once reapportionment takes place, though many of the new residents may be left-leaning.
“Texas is set to gain three seats, and Republicans will likely try to expand their current 23R-13D edge to a 26R-13D edge – all while adding at least one new Hispanic majority seat and a new Dem seat in Austin,” he tweeted on Wednesday.
“Since Republicans came within a handful of seats of the majority after the 2020 elections, the majority should be within reach,” added Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections, a nonpartisan political analysis and research organization. “But redistricting makes handicapping the House a little complicated because there will be new lines around the country.”