House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) political career is already on life support — and now, as her party hopes to hold onto control of Congress in the 2022 midterms, the upcoming redistricting process is poised to be a major game-changer that could prove to be the final nail in the coffin for the long-serving Democrat leader.
The U.S. Census Bureau released its final report last Thursday, meaning the formal redistricting process can begin throughout the country. Thanks to changes in population from 10 years ago, congressional district lines will be redrawn in some 44 states, according to Breitbart, meaning some states will gain and some will lose seats in the U.S. House.
With Dems already sitting on a razor-thin majority, the process could end up quashing their control of the lower chamber altogether.
And if Pelosi doesn’t retire before then, such a development would mark the end of her speakership.
GOP at an advantage
Indeed, redistricting could play a huge role in helping Republicans unseat Pelosi and retake the House of Representatives. Going into November 2022, the GOP already has the upper hand. Historically, the midterm elections favor the party out of power.
Now, not only do Republicans have momentum and history behind them, but they also stand to make major gains during redistricting.
An April report from The New York Times explained that Texas, a conservative stronghold, had been expected to “add two seats” amid redistricting, and Florida, also GOP-dominated, stands to gain one.
“The fast-growing states of Montana and Oregon will each add one seat, as will Colorado and North Carolina,” the Times added. “Montana’s second seat comes after 30 years of having just a single at-large district.”
Worse still for Dems, reports the Times: “At the same time, the big states of the Midwest and Northeast that historically have backed Democrats will lose congressional seats and the electoral votes that come with them.”
Bad news for Biden, too
Meanwhile, as Nancy Pelosi desperately works to keep her grip on power, President Joe Biden is facing the prospect of losing the legislative branch to Republicans.
Should the GOP retake majorities in both the House and the Senate, it would be a crippling disaster for the president and his already stalled agenda. What’s more, a Republican majority in Congress could even open the door to impeaching Biden.
It seems Pelosi isn’t the only one with a lot to lose as the battle over redistricting kicks off.