According to a new report from NBC News “The early indicators that showed Democrats poised to make big gains in Congress four years agonow point the other direction, suggesting that the narrow 220-212 Democratic House majority is in serious danger.”
David Wasserman, who tracks congressional races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report said “Based on all factors, you’d have to consider Republicans the early favorites for the House majority in 2022.”
“But as we found out in 2020, surprises can happen, and it’s not a done deal,” he added. “Democrats’ best hope is that Biden’s approval rating stays above 50 percent and that Republicans have a tougher time turning out their voters without Trump on the ballot.”
Per the report:
“House Republicans are in a great position to retake the majority,” said Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, “but we are taking nothing for granted.”
Emmer and other Republicans say they think they can continue to press their advantage on divisive issues supported by the “far left” and make hay of rising inflation and crime rates. “We are going to continue to relentlessly hold House Democrats accountable for their socialist agenda,” Emmer said.
Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin, one of just seven Democrats representing districts Trump won, shocked politicos Wednesday when he announced that he’d “run out of gas” and wouldn’t seek a 14th term in Congress.
His rural district had been trending Republican for years. Kind won re-election last year by just about 10,000 votes.
Incumbency is an enormous advantage — well over 90 percent of members of Congress win re-election — and some Democrats worry that lawmakers like Kind who are abandoning swing districts this year are the only ones who can win them.
Reps. Tim Ryan of Ohio and Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania are running for the Senate instead of re-election in battleground Rust Belt districts. Florida Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist is running for governor again in a swing area. Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, the most recent chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is retiring from a district Trump won, and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona is opting against another run in a district that leans only narrowly blue.