“I think there is still a lot of uncertainty. “I would say that the high expectations that a number of polls and experts created have obviously not been met,” spokesman Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) Said in an interview Wednesday. “We will have a democratic majority in this House and it remains to be seen how big that will be.”
Some Democrats were more blunt in private: “It’s a landfill fire,” said one lawmaker, who declined to be named.
So far, many Democratic lawmakers have said they look a lot like America – stuck on their phones and televisions as they wait to see the final ballots in the three critical states of Midwest, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, which will decide the presidency. Many critical counties, including those that will determine the fate of incumbents in suburban Pennsylvania, are expected to count ballots for days.
“I think it will be tough, but I think Joe Biden is beating Michigan,” said Debbie Dingel (D-Mich.), Who has repeatedly sounded the alarm for Democrats since Trump ousted Hillary Clinton there. from four years.
Right in Michigan, two Democrat Democrats are still fighting to fight GOP challengers in unannounced races – Representatives Elissa Slotkin and Haley Stevens.
The full extent of the impact just began to become clear Wednesday morning, with lawmakers and aides awaiting a much tougher internal leadership process, with Pelosi herself facing more difficult math as she tries to seal another term as a speaker. .
None of the approximately 12 Democratic lawmakers or assistants interviewed said that Pelosi should resign or face a challenger. However, many of them privately speculated that what was only a few days ago expected to lead to the speech would be more difficult as the Democrats lose seats in this House.
Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers – excited after unexpectedly reshuffling their ranks – began backing their leaders, including House GOP campaign chairman Tom Emmer, who began calling Wednesday morning to lock support for to serve another term.
Democrats have already been quick to point the finger at who will be responsible for Tuesday’s embarrassing performance, with private anxiety spreading to the public in the coming days as the full House landscape becomes known. Some centrist Democrats have blamed their more progressive colleagues, saying moderates in Trump-leaning areas could not escape their “socialist” shadow.
Others argued that the DCCC was too optimistic in seats that the party would never go realistically – citing struggles such as Arkansas District 2 – while missing the impending disaster in South Florida, where Shalala and Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell was fired. Several Democrats said the party operation did not focus on a coherent, active message that simply goes beyond Trump’s opposition.
So far, House Democrats have vacated just two seats – and they were guaranteed receipts created by court orders in North Carolina. Neither an existing GOP had been evicted nor had they won an open competition since Wednesday morning. Instead, they suffered a series of discouraging losses.
Some of these falls were expected: Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Xochitl Torres Small (DN.M.) and Kendra Horn (D-Okla.) Faced tough re-elections in Trump-won areas. But the others shocked the Democrats. The DCCC has never bothered to place Shalala on its incumbent agenda. Both parties’s private vote went to Democrat Joe Cunningham with a big lead in the South Carolina borough, but fell to GOP State Representative Nancy Mace.
And Texas was a huge disappointment for Democrats, who invested millions targeting 10 seats and even opened a DCCC satellite office in Austin. They failed to beat the massive West Texas headquarters he held by ousting GOP spokesman Will Hurd – one brought in by Hillary Clinton in 2016
The Republicans held a rapidly diversifying position in the suburbs of Houston with a victory over Troy Nehls and have a lead in another in the Fort Worth-Dallas area. Democrats had felt confident to drop all three.
So far, the Democrats have lost six incumbents. And more could come. Many of their other members follow the challengers in matches that are very close to the call.
There were some early warning signs in Trump’s country, Democrats acknowledged, but said the party had failed miserably to predict the level of GPP involvement that blinds them in 2016. In the Bustos re-election campaign, the Illinois Democrat had denied financial assistance from her colleagues until the last three weeks that led to the struggle, according to various Democratic sources.
Many Democrats said they already feared a controversial Congress, with a potentially excited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as his party did well. hold the Senate closely. Many said McConnell – whose party was able to retain headquarters in Iowa, Kansas and Montana – was less likely to work with Democrats on a huge stimulus package that is still badly needed by many American industries and families. in the midst of the pandemic.
Democrats hoped Biden would win a presidential victory as voting continued Wednesday in the Midwest. However, many said they were still surprised by the series of losses in Parliament and the Senate.
A spokesman for Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), a senior Blue Dog in southern Texas, said some in his party underestimated Trump’s power, especially in suburban counties where Democrats have long struggled to get a message across.
“It simply came to our notice then. “Urban areas are important, but you still have to look at rural areas,” Cuellar said. “If we do not change the strategy, it will be the same in 2022.”
Melanie Zanona contributed to this story.