Republicans have won a narrow majority in the House of Representatives.
The outcome was projected by DecisionDeskHQ on Tuesday, one whole week after the midterm election. While some races are yet to be decided, the Republican Party has met the 218-seat total needed for the majority.
The Republican victory will also end the speakership of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA), who has been serving as the second in the presidential line of succession since Democrats took control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) won the GOP nomination to become the Speaker of the House, but will still need to overcome opposition from within the GOP to be elected outright. According to Roll Call, several dozen Republicans backed Rep. Andy Biggs, who made a last-minute challenge to be the GOP leader instead of McCarthy.
Republicans were expected to sweep in the House, but following a series of unexpected losses in tight races across the country, the margin of victory is down to just a few seats.
McCarthy says that when Republicans take control of the House, they will focus on securing the border, cutting back on government spending, and launching rigorous investigations into the Biden administration and Biden's son, Hunter.
Republican's campaign was based on the state of the economy, inflation, gas prices, against the record numbers of migrants crossing the southern border, and against “woke” leftist policies impacting the nation’s school's curriculum.