U.S. House of Representatives candidate Cori Bush hugs her sister Keli Bush and father Errol Bush on Election Day at her headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

With votes continuing to be counted in a few lingering states, it looks likely that Democrats will hold onto the House of Representatives majority.

Among the races that have been decided, there were plenty of historic firsts:

  • Missouri sent its first Black woman to Congress when residents elected DemocratCori Bush.
  • Democrat Ritchie Torres became the first openly gay Afro-Latino elected to the House and Democrat Mondaire Jones was the first openly gay Black man elected to the House.
  • Six Indigenous candidates won their races. This included Democrats Deb Haaland, Sharice Davids and Kaiali’i “Kai” Kahele, as well as Republicans Tom Cole, Markwayne Mullin and Yvette Herrell.
  • New Mexico became the first state to elect women of color to all seats of its House delegation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi characterized the election as challenging, but added that the party’s strategy was critical in “forcing Republicans to defend their own territory.” Two anonymous Democrats told The Hill that they were reaching out to colleagues about backing House Democratic Caucus Chairman and former Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus Hakeem Jeffries as the next Speaker. “He bridges moderates and progressives better than anyone. And most importantly, he’s not Nancy Pelosi,” one of the lawmakers said. However, a spokesperson for Jeffries said he would not make a play for Pelosi’s position.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy wrote in a memo to reporters Wednesday, “The Republican coalition is bigger, more diverse, and more energetic than ever before. That is because of President Trump.” Republican women delivered critical victories in numerous states. By Wednesday evening, Republicans had elected 22 women and were on track to have the highest number of women serving in their Congressional ranks. The previous record was 25 women elected in 2004.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

A Record Number Of Native Candidates Are Heading To Congress – HuffPost – 11/4/2020
Six Indigenous candidates won their House races, which means the chamber will now have the most Native lawmakers ever serving at a time. Four of them are returning members.

The House and Senate – Democrats’ dreams for Congress go up in smoke – The Economist – 11/5/2020
Forget nuking the filibuster, packing the Supreme Court and dismantling the electoral college—the prizes that bold Democrats salivated over after their expected landslide victory. Those dreams are now dead. The pre-existing Democratic majority in the House of Representatives has weakened, though it has still held. The Senate, on the other hand, looks likely to remain in Republican control, even though some results are yet to be finalised.

QAnon Is Winning – The Atlantic – 11/5/2020
Come January, almost a million and a half Americans will be represented in Congress by people who support a community bent on proving that President Donald Trump is waging a holy war against a high-powered cabal of child traffickers and blood-drinking Satanists that includes prominent Democratic politicians and Hollywood celebrities. This worldview is vehemently anti-media, anti-science, and—despite its claims of patriotism—antidemocratic, because it often calls for Trump to lead a military coup against the “deep state,” and to execute political enemies and “child-killers.”

The Media and Pollsters Are the Biggest Losers of 2020 – The Daily Signal – 11/4/2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden did not usher in a blue wave to defeat President Donald Trump and Republicans down ticket. Instead, the election appears to be one of the closest in history, Republicans may well retain the Senate, and may actually make up ground in the House of Representatives.

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