Democrats are bracing for the possibility of a next wave of retirements as the party faces a series of ominous electoral losses in Virginia and other states that herald trouble in the 2022 midterm elections.
Fourteen House Democrats have already announced that they will not seek re-election in 2022. But the painful series of losses in Tuesday’s out-of-year elections is sparking speculation that more of the party’s incumbents may be watching the exits ahead of midterm elections in hopes of avoiding brutality. re-election campaigns or being relegated once again to the minority.
Republicans, emboldened by their recent victories, are already firing warning shots at House Democrats. In an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday, Rep. Tom emmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerHouse Republican Campaign Manager to Vulnerable Democrats: House Republican Campaign Arm ‘Drop or Lose’ Expands Target List After Brutal Night for Democrats Democrats Face Grim Reality politics in midterm elections MORE (R-Minn.), The Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), gave vulnerable Democratic rulers an ultimatum: “Stand down or lose.”
Those comments came as the NRCC expanded its target list Wednesday, adding 13 new Democratic incumbents in solid blue suburban districts, sending a signal that the Republican Party is prepared to go on the offensive in parts of the country that before it seemed unlikely that they would win. .
“I think before [Tuesday’s elections], there were some members who were already thinking about it, “said a high-ranking Democratic House aide. “And if they weren’t, I bet they are now.”
The aide said there is little doubt among Democrats that more pensions are pending, but how many are still up in the air. While the 2021 election dealt a blow to party morale, the aide said, many Democrats are hopeful they can reverse their fortunes by pushing forward on President BidenJoe BidenHouse Passes 1 Trillion Infrastructure Bills, Advances Social Spending Plan Virginia Democrats Concede Loss of State House Liberals, Moderate Strike Deal on Biden’s Agenda, Clearing the Way for MORE votesthe agenda.
Even before Tuesday’s election, Democrats were contemplating a difficult midterm election cycle. On the one hand, the decennial redistricting process is expected to bolster the Republican Party’s figures in the House.
At the same time, a new president’s party almost always loses ground in Congress in midterm elections. With recent polls showing that a majority of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track and that Biden’s approval ratings drop even lower under the water, the midterm outlook was already looking bleak for Democrats.
But the elections in Virginia and New Jersey, among other states, exposed the party’s challenges as they prepare to defend their majorities in the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections.
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Democratic losses and the closing of New Jersey’s gubernatorial race have Democrats scrambling to right their political boat.
“Tuesday’s elections are a warning to all Democrats,” Guy Cecil, chairman of the biggest super-democrat, Priorities USA, wrote in a post-election memo. “With the midterm elections only a year away, we face a number of tough challenges, some of which were created by ourselves.”
Those who have already announced retirement plans include senior Democrats as Representatives. Mike doyleMichael (Mike) F. Doyle Pennsylvania Republican Becomes Latest Revolutionary COVID-19 Case in House of Congress Passes Bills to Secure Telecommunications Infrastructure The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Uber – Biden, Democrats delve into legislative details MORE (D-Pa.) And David PriceDavid Eugene Price North Carolina Legislature Approves New Map of US House of Representatives Sudden Danger to Democracy Was an Inside Job Another Voice of Reason Withdrawn MORE (DN.C.), who have served for decades in the House, and Rep. John yarmuthJohn Allen Yarmuth The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – House sprints for Build Back Better, infrastructure votes today House Democrats aim to vote Thursday on social spending package Moderate Democrats push for scores before voting on the Biden package MORE (D-Ky.), The chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, though none of his seats are considered particularly vulnerable.
Others, like Reps. Cheri bustsCheryl (Cheri) Lea Bustos Democrats fear Virginia is the precursor to the House beating infrastructure bill that boosts first responders and wildland firefighters Two House Democrats will retire ahead of challenging midterm elections MORE (D-Ill.), Philemon Vela (D-Texas), Ann kirkpatrickAnn Kirkpatrick Two House Democrats to retire before challenging midterm elections Two senior House Democrats to retire Democratic retirements could make a difficult midterm year even worse MORE (D-Ariz.) And Kind rumRonald (Ron) James Kind LIVE COVERAGE: Democrats unite to send infrastructure bill to Biden’s desk Billionaire tax gains momentum Two House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterm elections MORE (D-Wis.), They represent districts that Republicans are targeting in 2022.
Not all Democrats who have run for reelection are retiring from public life. Representatives Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita Demings Rep. Brown to Run for Senate Republican Campaign Arm of Maryland Attorney General Infuriates Democratic Counterpart in September Two House Democrats to Retire MORE (D-Fla.) And Tim ryanTimothy (Tim) RyanOhio Republicans lean to fences on redistricting proposals Ohio’s redistricting commission surrenders on map of US House of Representatives Senate Republican Party lines up behind Trump-backed candidates MORE (D-Ohio) are running for Senate seats, while Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph Crist Trump-backed candidate leading the Republican field to replace Crist in Florida: Poll Rep. Brown to run for Maryland attorney general Democrats face mounting hurdles in bid to topple DeSantis MORE (D-Fla.) Running for Governor of Florida, Rep. Karen bassKaren Ruth BassBlack Caucus pushes for priorities in final deal Representative Brown to run for Maryland attorney general Democratic retirements could make a difficult midterm year even worse MORE (D-Calif.) Running for Mayor of Los Angeles and Rep. Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory Brown Defense and National Security Overnight – Presented by AM General – Quad House panel confab advances defense bill 8B Democrats defeat Republican Party effort to declare ‘lost trust’ in Biden after the withdrawal from Afghanistan MORE (D-Md.) You’re running for Maryland attorney general.
Some of those House Democrats have likely faced challenging re-election campaigns. Crist’s district, for example, appears to be redesigned in a way that would make it more competitive for Republicans.
Antjuan Seawright, a Democratic strategist, said he expects more retirements in the run-up to the 2022 midterm elections. But, he added, that’s not necessarily a bad thing for Democrats, arguing that it paves the way for both a new class of candidates and for a broader change within the party.
“These things are to be expected,” Seawright said. “We are in a place in history where change is almost inevitable, from a political and political point of view. It’s going to happen, and at the end of the day it’s going to be a mixed bag of changes. “
“Politics is a game of transitions. I think that as the country changes, as our party evolves, I think [retirements] it will be a reflection of that change, “he added. “It makes room for new leadership. It also leaves room for new growth. “
Still, retirements are often seen as an early sign of pessimism among party rulers ahead of midterm elections. What’s more, party leaders fear retirements because it’s often easier to keep a seat when a incumbent is running than when the seat is wide open.
Before the 2018 midterm elections, nearly two dozen Republican House incumbents withdrew from public office entirely. Democrats eventually won about 40 seats, and control of the House, that year in what was called a “blue wave.”
Now that they are no longer in power in Washington, Republicans are beginning to tout what they hope will be the next “red wave” in 2022, pointing to their victories Tuesday night as an early sign that the tables have turned since four years ago.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy LIVE COVERAGE: Democrats Team Up to Send Infrastructure Bill to Biden’s Desk Good Republicans in Government May Be Democracy’s Last Hope 12:30 The Hill Report: The Vaccine Mandate after corporate holidays MORE (R-Calif.) He predicted that his party could change more than 60 seats in the House next year and that “many retirements” are coming.
“If you’re a Democrat and President Biden won your seat by 16 points, you’re in a competitive race next year, you’re not sure anymore,” McCarthy said.