Today, Republicans are projected to win control of the House, ensuring two years of a divided legislature in the remainder of President Biden’s first term. The call for Republican Mike Garcia in California’s 27th District — the 218th seat — comes eight days after the Nov. 8 election. Democrats were projected to hold on to the Senate majority on Saturday.
Senate Republicans voted to retain Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as minority leader, turning back a challenge from Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) after the party failed to pick up seats in the chamber in the midterm elections. Some senators sought unsuccessfully to delay the vote to give them more time to assess the GOP’s dismal performance. McConnell has led Senate Republicans since 2007. Scott helmed the campaign committee tasked with electing more Republicans.