Republicans Flip More Congressional Seats, Now Just 1 Away From Capturing House

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 15, 2022   |   11:56AM   |   Washington, DC

A Republican-majority U.S. House appears certain as new election results Tuesday show party candidates winning five more seats, including a flipped district in Oregon.

These victories add to hopes that Republicans will be able to stop the Biden administration from forcing states to legalize abortion on demand again.

According to Politico, Republicans are up to 217 seats in the House and only need one more to win back the majority from Democrats. Election officials called five races where Republicans won two open seats and flipped an Oregon district from blue to red.

The results of 14 House races still have not been determined, but Democrats would have to win every seat to maintain their majority, which is “nearly impossible,” Politico reports.

In Oregon, Republicans flipped a House seat that Democrats had held for many years. The AP reports pro-life Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer won the competitive race for the open 5th Congressional District and will be the first Latino congresswoman from Oregon. National Right to Life endorsed her.

Other victors Tuesday included pro-life incumbents Reps. David Schweikert, of Arizona, and Michelle Steel and Ken Calvert, of California, all of whom received endorsements from National Right to Life.

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Calvert’s seat in the 41st Congressional District was one of the most closely watched races of the midterms, but he defeated his Democrat challenger, Townhall reports.

“This election demonstrated that Riverside County voters are more interested in people serious about solving our challenges, than personal politics,” Calvert said in response to his victory. “It’s clear that this district, like our country, is narrowly divided on a partisan basis. I am proud of my record of delivering results for Riverside County by working in a bipartisan manner throughout my career.”

Two more Republicans also won open, competitive seats: Juan Ciscomani in Arizona and Brandon Williams in New York, according to Politico. Williams is pro-life and received endorsements from National Right to Life and SBA Pro-Life America.

Republicans have won a total of eight House seats from Democrats thus far, including in Arizona, Florida, Georgia and New York, according to Real Clear Politics. More election results are expected this week.

These victories mean President Joe Biden and Democrat leaders almost certainly will not be able to pass a radical pro-abortion bill that would force states to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions again. A few weeks ago, Biden said the bill would be his top priority for 2023 if Democrats win a few more seats in Congress.

On Monday, however, Biden admitted the bill probably will not pass because it appears Republicans will capture the House.

“I don’t think there’s enough votes,” he said.

The bill, which Biden claims would “codify Roe,” actually would go much further. Nicknamed the Abortion Without Limits Up to Birth Act, it would force states to legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth and force taxpayers to pay for them. The bill, which Democrats named the Women’s Health Protection Act, also would end parental consent for minors and jeopardize conscience protections for doctors and nurses who refuse to abort unborn babies.

Polls consistently show that Americans support limits on abortion, including parental consent and bans on taxpayer funding for elective abortions.