Republican House majority climbs to 220 with win in California

 Republican House majority climbs to 220 with win in California

Republicans House majority in the next Congress climbed to 220 on Tuesday, when Republican Kevin Kiley defeated his Democratic opponent, Kermit Jones, in the tight race for Californias 3rd Congressional District.

The Associated Press called the race for Kiley on Tuesday afternoon, two weeks after voters headed to the polls to cast their ballots in the eastern California district. Kiley, a California State Assembly member, won with 53 percent of the vote.

Kileys win brings Republicans House majority to 220, while Democrats currently hold 212 seats. Three races are still uncalled by the AP: Californias 13th District, Alaskas at-large district and Rep. Lauren Boeberts (R) Colorado district.

While the AP has not called Boebert’s race, which appears headed for a recount with Boebert holding a slight edge, her Democratic challenger Adam Frisch conceded on Friday, saying he believed the outcome of the election was unlikely to change. Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from BestReviews: 25 Fitness must-haves on sale now ahead of Black FridayPrices slashed on TVs right now before Black Friday wipes inventory100+ Best early Black Friday deals to grab right now

Alaskas at-large district appears likely to be called on Wednesday night, when the states elections division reveals the final unofficial results of the latest round under its ranked-choice system. Rep. Mary Peltola (D) is expected to hold onto the seat she nabbed in Augusts special election to finish out the late Rep. Don Youngs term in Congress.

Peltola currently has a substantial lead over her two Republican opponents, Sarah Palin and Nick Begich. However, Alaskas fairly recent switch to a ranked choice election system leaves the race up in the air until the final results come in.

If no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote in the ranked choice system, the candidate with the lowest number of votes gets eliminated, and voters ballots are redistributed to their second choice. 2024 Tracker: Heres who is running for the GOP nomination Zelensky says UN must not be hostage to terrorist Russia

In the August primary, many Palin and Begich voters picked Peltola as their second choice over the other Republican. If a similar dynamic plays out, it could once again hand the Democrat the seat, even though the two Republican candidates had more votes combined.

In Californias 13th District, Republican John Duarte is currently leading his Democratic opponent, Adam Gray, by fewer than 600 votes with 99 percent of the vote in.

If the three final districts go the way they are currently leaning, Republicans would control 222 seats, while Democrats would hold 213 seats. This would be the mirror image of the slim House majority that Democrats obtained in the 2020 election.