It has already been predicted by pundits representing both sides of the political aisle that Republicans stand a likely chance at regaining a House majority in the 2022 midterms.
However, according to the Washington Examiner, the Republican party received a massive boost on Monday after it was announced that, thanks to the results of the 2020 census, Texas gained two additional House seats and Florida, one extra seat.
Because Republicans are now especially primed to retake the House in the next session of Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has just officially been put on notice, as it’s a safe bet to assume that the next Speaker will likely be House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Since state lawmakers are in charge of redistricting, it’ll almost undoubtedly end up in a scenario where Republicans make sure they stand the highest chance of taking the new seats in both states, which is paramount to their future success in the 2022 midterms.
The U.S. Census Bureau made several bombshell announcements on Monday concerning states that lost or gained seats in the House of Representatives. Most notably was the very clear pattern of Americans leaving heavily blue states like California, Illinois, and Michigan. All three states lost one House seat as a result of residents fleeing to other states.
Red states like Florida, Texas, and Montana all gained seats. Colorado, North Carolina, and Oregon rounded out the six states that gained at least one House seat in the wake of the new census data.
The population change in Florida and Texas also means they’ll have more Electoral College votes in the next two presidential elections, with Texas bumping up to 40 and Florida moving up to 30, which makes those states only second and third to California.
Although Texas has been traditionally red, experts say that it could be competitive in the years to come, with urban centers around its major cities like Houston, Dallas, and Austin going heavily blue in the last election.
Florida should mostly be a lock for Republicans all around, as it not only has Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), but also a new Senate seat and two new House seats from the 2020 election.