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Oregon House seat moves to GOP, which needs six more to capture majority

Republicans on Sunday won one of many seats they will need to secure a majority in the House of Representatives, which is still not guaranteed five days after the midterm elections were held.

Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer defeated Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner to take the House seat in Oregon’s 5th District.

The victory gave Republicans 212 House seats, still short of a minimum majority of 218 with 19 races yet to be called. But Republicans are not free from home and still need to win most of the races they lead in order to take control of the House.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., needs six more wins for a GOP majority in the House.
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On Sunday afternoon, the Republicans led in nine remaining races across the country and will need to win six to reach 218, or possibly win other races where they are not currently leading.

Many of the GOP leaders in those nine races are very close and growing closer over the past few days as the slow count of mail-in ballots continues.

Six of those nine races are in California, where those thin GOP leads seem more at risk of slipping away. In California’s 13th District, for example, Republican John Duarte leads with less than 100 votes, and barely half the votes were counted Sunday.

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Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer beat her Democratic opponent in Oregon to bring the GOP closer to a majority in the House.

Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer beat her Democratic opponent in Oregon to bring the GOP closer to a majority in the House.
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Republicans have wider leads in many other races, but California reported Thursday that millions of votes still remain uncounted, a fact that has the potential to rattle some of those GOP leads. California also said it could still be weeks before those races are decided.

The other three narrow GOP tracks are in Colorado, Arizona and New York. In Colorado, Republican Representative Lauren Boebert held a lead of just over 1,000 votes over her Democratic opponent with nearly 99% of the vote.

In Arizona, Republican Juan Ciscomani won less than 2,000 votes with nearly 87% of the vote.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be sent to the minority if Republicans can win a few more House seats.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be sent to the minority if Republicans can win a few more House seats.
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And in New York, Republican Brandon Williams won nearly 5,000 votes over his Democratic challenger with 97% of the vote.

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House Republican leaders continued to predict they would win a majority in the lower house, but if the GOP wins all nine races in which it leads, it would end up with a narrow majority of 221 seats.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California said on Friday he expected to reach at least 218, and he said even President Joe Biden had indicated he thought it was in that direction by congratulating McCarthy in a brief phone call.

“He congratulated me, so for anyone who thinks we didn’t win a majority, Joe at least thinks we did too,” McCarthy said of his call with Biden.