Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has tried to put her best spin on Democrats’ performance in the 2020 elections, saying her party saw “a great victory” — a “mandate,” even. But as more results come in, that’s looking like a harder and harder sell for the House speaker.
Fox News reported Tuesday that it now looks certain that Republicans are going to flip four House seats in the deep blue state of California. If they pull it off, the GOP will have reversed control of more House districts in California than in any other state in the nation.
Not only that, but it would mark a significant turnaround from the 2018 midterm elections, when Democrats managed to flip seven seats in the Golden State.
Now, Fox reports that Republicans are in a position to take four of those spots in Congress’ lower chamber back.
Wins in the Golden State
According to Fox, the Republican wins are expected to be seen in California’s 21st, 25th, 39th, and 48th districts.
In the 21st district, Republican candidate David Valadao is in a position to beat incumbent Democrat Rep. TJ Cox. If this happens, Valadao will reclaim the seat that Cox took from him in 2018. The 21st district includes both Fresno and Kern counties.
The 25th district, which includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, was a Republican stronghold before Democrat Katie Hill took the seat in 2018. She has since resigned following a scandal, and now, it appears that Republican Mike Garcia will be the district’s representative, according to Fox.
Meanwhile, the 39th district, which includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties, is going to go to Republican Young Kim. Kim, who is set to be the first Korean American woman in Congress, beat out Rep. Gil Cisneros (D), who himself had flipped the seat in 2018, Fox noted.
Finally, Republican Michelle Steel looks like a certainty to win California’s 48th district. This district includes parts of Orange County, and it too was a Republican stronghold before Democrat Harley Rouda won it in 2018.
The big picture
While Democrats will hold onto control of the House in the next Congress, their majority will be much narrower than it has been the last two years. So far, this year’s elections have resulted in the party has losing at least 11 seats in the lower chamber, according to RealClearPolitics.
On top of that, reports have suggested there is some serious infighting taking place between establishment Democrats and progressives in the House as a direct result of their poor election results.
Pelosi has been putting on a brave face for the cameras, but deep down, she has to be devastated by all of this.