In the fight for the House, Democrats started the night more clearly on the offensive, backed by a surprising advantage in fundraising, Republican recruiting failures and the erosion of Mr. Trump’s support in cities and towns. American suburbs. Two years after winning 41 seats to reclaim a majority, Democrats were trying to establish themselves in suburban neighborhoods Republicans had not lost for decades around St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Phoenix, Omaha and even formerly ruby red regions of Texas.
Strategists from both parties said a second Blue Wave could eliminate 10-20 Republicans, and a less successful evening could earn Democrats just a handful of new seats. The early returns on Tuesday night, however, did not appear to reflect the scale of losses for the GOP they had anticipated in the final days of the race, as a handful of Republican incumbents in suburban districts retained their seats and than some Democratic challengers. failed in the solidly red districts that the party had hoped to make competitive.
“Tonight, House Democrats stand ready to further strengthen our majority, the largest, most diverse, most dynamic and vastest majority led by women, led by women,” Speaker Nancy said Tuesday. Pelosi from California before the polls close.
“There is nothing normal about what is in the White House,” she added, “but normally that would be the start of healing.”
Republicans started the cycle in hopes of clinging to Mr Trump’s ponytails and a booming economy to ravage the 30 or so districts he won in 2016 that Democrats claimed two years older late. But those hopes have been dashed by the pandemic, which has left the economy in tatters and the nation with more than 230,000 dead to date, and Democratic candidates in many of the districts they once hoped to claim were on the verge of collapsing. qualify for a second term, with signs of consolidating Democratic support that could keep districts out of Republican reach for years.
Republicans have found unexpected bright spots in Florida. With Mr. Trump making significant inroads among Cuban Americans in Miami, Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a first-term Democrat, was edged out by Carlos Gimenez, the mayor of Miami, and Representative Donna E. Shalala lost to Maria Elvira Salazar, a former TV presenter.