“Democrats hope to defend their razor-thin majority in the House in the midterms, amid a rough political climate.”
Nancy Pelosi’s fragile majority in the House of Representatives just keeps getting smaller as we approach the 2022 midterms.
As of last week, 26 Democrats had announced their retirements ahead of the 2022 midterms. Now there are 28.
Paul Steinhauser reports at FOX News:
House Democrat exit list grows to 28 as Rhode Island’s Langevin, California’s McNerney, announce retirements
Two more House Democrats – Reps. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island and Jerry McNerney of California – announced on Tuesday that they won’t seek reelection in this year’s midterm elections.
The announcements from the two lawmakers brings to 28 the number of Democrats in the chamber who are retiring after the current term or seeking another elective office in November.
Democrats hope to defend their razor-thin majority in the House in the midterms, amid a rough political climate. The GOP needs a net gain of just five seats in the 435-member chamber next year to regain the House majority it lost to the Democrats in the 2018 elections.
Langevin, the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress, said in a video statement that “after serving the people of Rhode Island for over 36 years, including 11 terms and nearly 22 years in Congress, today I am announcing that I will not be a candidate for elective office this November.”…
The 70-year-old McNerney – a Stockton, California Democrat who since 2007 has represented a heavily blue district in the state’s vast Central Valley – took to Twitter to announce “that I will not seek reelection in California’s newly created 9th Congressional District.”
Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection in California’s newly created 9th Congressional District.
— Jerry McNerney (@RepMcNerney) January 18, 2022
Thank you, Rhode Island. https://t.co/5bBFektfyo
— Jim Langevin (@JimLangevin) January 18, 2022
NBC News is warning Democrats that they’re heading into “shellacking territory” this fall:
Poll numbers are pointing to a midterm shellacking for Democrats
In 1998 and 2002, the party controlling the White House gained House seats — five in 1998, and eight in 2002. What did the numbers in our NBC News poll show right before those elections? Well, a majority or a plurality of respondents said the country was headed in the right direction; Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush had approval ratings north of 60 percent; and their parties enjoyed narrow leads on the generic ballot.
Now let us show you what a shellacking looks like: In 1994, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 — when the president’s party suffered big losses — overwhelming majorities said the country was headed on the wrong track before the election; each president’s job rating was below 50 percent; and the president’s party trailed on the generic ballot.
So with less than a year until the November midterms, what did the latest NBC News poll tell us? It was pointing more towards the shellacking territory. Our October 2021 NBC News poll showed 71 percent of Americans (!!!) saying the country is headed in the wrong direction; President Biden’s job rating was at 42 percent; and the silver lining for Democrats is that they enjoyed a narrow lead on the generic ballot.
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