Democrats will retain their house majority, NBC News forecast Tuesday as major US parties battled for control of the White House and Senate in the 2020 election.
Democrats entered heavily favored on election day to maintain control of the chamber. Their hopes of gaining their advantage seemed to wane on election night as some Democratic incumbents will lose and the party will fail to meet some of its key GOP goals, NBC News predicts.
Early Wednesday morning, NBC News estimated that Democrats would have 227 seats and Republicans would have 208 in the next Congress. The projection could change.
Democrats have a 232-197 majority in the current Congress. One representative is a libertarian while the house has five vacancies.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to reporters about election day results in races for the House of Representatives on November 3, 2020 at the National Democratic Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA.
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It was expected that competitive home races across the country, spearheaded by several competitions in Texas and New York, would determine whether the Republicans could break the edge of the Democrats. The Democrats flipped control of the House in the meantime in 2018 by gaining 40 net seats.
Democratic officials like Kendra Horn from Oklahoma and Collin Peterson from Minnesota are likely to lose their seats, according to NBC. Meanwhile, Republicans are expected to win in a number of districts targeting the Democrats in Texas, where the party set out to gain ground this year.
Retaining control of the House will ensure that the Democrats can enforce political priorities if Joe Biden wins the White House and the party takes control of the Senate. If Democrats fail to win the White House or Senate, the majority of the House provides a buffer against Republican goals.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Is expected to extend her second term as Chair of the House of Representatives. She had previously agreed to limit her leadership of the House to four years in order to gain support after the party gained control in the 2018 election.