UPDATED 7:30 PM PT – Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Democrats went into the 2020 elections with the belief they would pick up more seats in Congress due to a second blue wave following the 2018 midterms. However, Republicans took back several seats in the House, a handful of which were from California.
Three notable GOP victories include Rep. Michelle Steel (R-Calif.), Rep. Young Kim (R-Calif.) and Rep. Mike Garcia (R-Calif.). These wins took back traditionally red districts that were flipped blue in 2018.
The Golden State Republicans ran on a ticket to lower taxes and support police officers, which seemed to bring them the win in their respective districts. Additionally, Republicans welcomed many freshman congresswomen to the office across the country.
In Minnesota, Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-Minn.) turned over the Democrat seat from moderate Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), which represents the overall conservative sway in the district.
— Michelle Fischbach (@FischbachMN7) November 13, 2020
In an upset, state Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) flipped the Democrat seat by one point in South Carolina. She is the state’s first female representative in Congress.
— The Strategy Group Co. (@StrategyGroupCo) November 23, 2020
In New York, Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) took back a district encompassing Staten Island, which unseated her Democrat opponent by running against efforts to ‘defund the police.’
While the Democrats maintain their majority in the House, the addition of more Republican members is promising to the GOP as they look forward to the 2022 election cycle.