In the State of New York and across the nation, November 6, 2018 was a good day for Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Last week, elections were held for all 435 seats in the House. As of this writing, Politico reports thatDemocrats won 226 seats to the Republicans’ 198. Eleven races—including two herein New York—remain unresolved at this time. It takes 218 seats to form a House majority. Having exceeded that threshold, theDemocrats have retaken the majority. To date, Democrats have gained 31 seats in the House.
In New York, Democrats have unseated at least two Republican incumbents. Democrat Max Rose defeated Rep. Dan Donovan in Staten Island’s 11th District, and Democrat Antonio Delgado bested Rep. JonFaso in upstate District 19. Two races involving Republican incumbents (Rep.Claudia Tenney in District 22 and Rep. Chris Collins in District 27, respectively) remain too close to call. Each of New York’s Democratic House incumbents won re-election except Rep. JoeCrowley of District 14, who lost his Democratic primary to rising progressive star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Cortez won the general election as well). When all is said and done, Democrats will have gained two to four House seats in New York.
What do the Democratic Party’s victories in the House of Representatives mean? First, all conservative legislation—including Obamacare repeal, late-term abortion restrictions, and Planned Parenthood defunding—will (unfortunately) grind to a halt. In today’s far-left Democratic Party, there is no appetite for consensus-building or compromise. Second, the House will likely use its authority to launch a variety of investigations against theTrump administration.