Pelosi Shocked By Democrats Outperforming Expectations

( House Speaker Nancy Pelosi woke up Wednesday morning and — like many of her Democratic colleagues — was feeling pretty good about how the midterm elections were panning out.

In a statement the speaker released Wednesday morning, she said her party was “strongly outperforming expectations,” though she added that there were still several races that were hanging in the balance. She said:

“While many races remain too close to call, it is clear that House Democratic Members and candidates are strongly outperforming expectations across the country. As states continue to tabulate the final results, every vote must be counted as cast.”

It seemed as of Wednesday that Pelosi was at least a little right. The predicted red wave didn’t quite come to fruition as many political pundits had expected. While Republicans still look like they could take control of the House — and have an outside chance of doing the same in the Senate — the GOP’s gains in both chambers is much lower than many thought it would be.

That’s because Democratic candidates picked up some big wins in key races. Two came from Virginia, where Representatives Jennifer Wexton and Abigail Spanberger both won re-election.

Other major wins came from Texas, where Democratic Representative Vicente Gonzalez took down Republican Representative Mayra Flores in a race that was a battle between two current members of the House.

Democrats also got a big win when Seth Magaziner took down Republican Allan Fung in Rhode Island. The seat they were fighting for was open since Democratic Representative Jim Langevin is retiring. Before the election, the district was predicted to be leaning in the direction of the GOP.

Pelosi said Tuesday night that she believed many people would “be surprised this evening” by the results as they started pouring in.

It’s really only a consolation prize that Democrats won as many seats as they did. They ultimately look like they will still lose control of the House, which might result in a lot of investigations being launched by the GOP into various dealings of the Biden administration. It also likely means the immediate end of the January 6 investigating committee.

At the same time, Republicans aren’t likely to have a huge majority in the House, which means they may fight from time to time within their own party to get enough support for certain measures.

Over in the Senate, it’s still a relative toss-up as to which party will be in control. As of Wednesday night, Democrats secured 48 seats with Republicans securing 49.

The three outstanding seats are in Arizona — where incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly had a decent edge over Republican Blake Masters; Nevada — where Republican Adam Laxalt had a slight advantage over incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto; and Georgia — which will head to a December runoff election between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

If the results hold as they are now — with Democrats taking Arizona and Republicans taking Nevada — then the ultimate control of the Senate will again rest in the hands of Georgia voters in the December runoff.