California politicians have a serious problem brewing, thanks to fed-up, former residents fleeing the state in droves thanks in part to the exorbitant cost of living, high taxes, and the gross mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Daily Caller, the mass exodus could prove to be extremely damaging for Democratic leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), as there’s a very real chance that when districts are redrawn in the near future, Republicans could benefit, giving House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) a massive jump in securing a Republican majority in the 2022 midterm elections.
The results of the redistricting will soon be known after the California Citizens Redistricting Commission uses data from the 2020 census to determine how the redistricting will take place.
Though it’s somewhat difficult to predict the final outcome, based on what’s known right now, it’s reportedly likely that California’s 45th district, which is currently represented by Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), will be redrawn, with the possible outcome of boosting numbers in neighboring districts in the Orange County area.
Certain scenarios could boost Republican candidates who stand a realistic chance at flipping certain red seats to blue, which would be a monumental help for the Republican party’s ambition of winning only a handful of seats nationwide to secure a House majority, which many believe will ultimately be the case.
“The southern portion of Porter’s 45th district also could go to Democratic Rep. Mike Levin’s narrowly blue 49th District, which includes southern Orange County and northern San Diego County. If that happens, it would favor Republicans Brian Maryott, a former San Juan Capistrano council member who is challenging Levin for a third time in 2022, or Oceanside City Councilman Christopher Rodriguez, who is rumored to be considering a CA-49 run,” an analysis from The Orange County Register revealed.
News of the potential gain for Republicans in the state comes in the wake of previous reports that due to California’s rapid population decline, the state stands to lose one congressional seat when the final census numbers are revealed, which would be a first in the state’s history.
Democrats already hold a record-setting razor-thin majority in the House, thanks to an unexpected red wave of House victories in the 2020 election. Most pundits and analysts believe that Republicans will more than likely secure a majority victory next year.
It’s more important that they manage to do that than any time in modern American history, as it would provide a solid shield against Pelosi’s long list of radical, progressive legislation that she’s undoubtedly itching to push through.