After a tense election day, the Republicans have officially kept their control of the House of Representatives; Democrats have gained three seats. With GOP majority, House speaker Paul Ryan will retain his position as House Speaker.
For the last six years, Republicans have held the largest majority control of the House of Representatives in United States history. Republican state representatives currently hold 247 seats to 188 for Democrats, and after the November 8, 2016 election, still have majority rule. This comes despite the fact that 30 House Republicans retired this year, leaving themselves vulnerable for a Democrat takeover. It didn’t work! The GOP still maintains the majority its enjoyed since 2011, before the second term of Barack Obama‘s presidency.
The House is less “elastic” than it used to be. You see, 36 of 435 districts are rated as competitive (8% of the House) by The Cook Report, meaning that even if the Democrats were to take down the 26 Republicans in the districts that gave Obama a win in 2012, they would still be short of a majority. Not good. Though the Republicans have a firm grasp on the House right now, Democrats did still win seats.
Democrats gained three seats in the 2016 election. This is their rebound year, after a staggering number of voters didn’t show up for the 2014 midterms.The Democrats tried to gain key districts that they had lost in the election two years ago. Their first victory came early in the night, when longtime Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida was ousted by Democrat Stephanie Murphy, 38. Another interesting win came from former Florida Republican governor Charlie Crist, who won a seat running as a Democrat. Val Demings, a former Orlando police chief, won a Democratic seat as well.
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