If Republicans pick up a handful of House seats they normally ignore and write off, several political pundits agree they might get the 20 seats they need to recapture the majority they lost in 2018.
The House is currently made up of 233 Democrats, 198 Republicans, three vacancies and one Libertarian — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan.
Hence, Republicans speak increasingly of “the magic 20” — the gain they need to form a 218-seat majority that would shift the speaker’s gavel from Democrat Nancy Pelosi to Republican Kevin McCarthy.
One example of a seat that Republicans could possibly win and which would bring them closer to a House majority is that in Colorado’s 2nd District. The last time the north-central Colorado district went Republican was in 1972.
Two years ago, when then-Rep. Jared Polis gave up his seat to become governor, fellow liberal Democrat Joe Neguse won it with 60% of the vote and thus became the Centennial State’s first Black congressman.
Like Polis, Neguse comes from the hard-left wing of the Democratic Party and is a member of both the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Medicare For All Caucus.
In contrast, Republican nominee and radiologist Dr. Charlie Winn styles himself a “problem solver” — one whose instincts are conservative on issues but whose persona and rhetoric are pragmatic.
“My opponent wants Medicare for all — one size fits all, and the bureaucracy that comes with it,” Winn told Newsmax. “It would not work in this country.”
The U.S. Navy veteran and onetime flight surgeon offers a market-based alternative with a strong emphasis on states “acting as laboratories” and offering alternative plans.
“Most people in Washington have no idea on healthcare,” Winn told us, vowing that he would offer an alternative plan that would capture voters’ imagination and pass in Congress.
Winn’s background, his years of traveling in Asia, and his calm demeanor are new and fresh Republican approaches to winning Colorado-2.
“Anything is possible this year, particularly the impossible,” said historian David Pietrusza, author of six books on presidential election years. “One-term swings in the House are not unknown. The GOP assumed control in both 1946 and 1952 elections only to forfeit their rule two years hence in presidential years. GOP House campaign operatives have touted a 2020 flip for some time now. The newest wild card of national unrest and uncivil disorder could return disaffected suburbs to the GOP. If so, ‘Speaker McCarthy’ might enter our political lexicon. It's not as if Speaker Pelosi has not forfeited the majority previously.”
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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