According to a Decision Desk HQ estimate one week after Election Day, Kevin Kiley (R-CA), previous President Donald Trump’s candidate in California’s third voting district, trounced his Democrat challenger on Tuesday, solidifying the Republican Party’s House majority.
Kiley’s election was called after the Republicans won five crucial House districts in Arizona and California on Monday evening.
During his candidacy, Kiley urged a GOP-controlled House to get back to Trump’s initiatives.
In March, Kiley told Breitbart News:
“If we have a majority in Congress, we’ll need to bring forward measures that would restore us to those Trump-era policies that were driving our nation in the right direction to attempt to genuinely get our economy back on track again, to attempt to return control to our borders, to cut taxes.”
Despite underperforming forecasts, the Republican Party only required a net gain of five seats to capture the House majority. As of Tuesday, Democrats had called 205 races.
Republican Reps. David Valadao (R-CA) Mike Garcia (R-CA), and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) are still in the lead in their campaigns, which could increase the Republican majority to 221 if they win.
House Republicans nominated Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to be Speaker of the House on Tuesday; he garnered 188 votes vs Rep. Andy Biggs’ (R-AZ) 31 votes.
McCarthy will have until Jan. to collect the 218 votes needed to be elected as speaker.
Republicans will also have control over the numerous House committees that play a crucial role in investigations now that they have the majority.
McCarthy has also already discussed with senior House Republicans the possibility of coordinating probes across committees, including one into Pres. Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
McCarthy also urged senior Republicans on House committees to write letters to the Biden admin. agencies requesting documents be turned over or preserved.
According to the Washington Post, House Republicans have already issued over 500 requests to agencies.