Tuesday’s election results were underwhelming for Republicans who expected to sweep Democrats out of Congress by a large margin. Instead, it looks more like a few seats added will give the GOP a slender margin of victory.
One of the states that outperformed for the Republican Party during the midterm was the deep blue state of New York. The combination of missteps with the redistricting process and a tighter-than-expected race for the governor’s mansion helped suburban Republicans flip at least four seats red.
Republican Brandon Williams won by almost 4,000 votes in N.Y.’s 22nd Congressional District with greater than 95 percent of votes counted. New York may also flip a fifth seat, helping the GOP inch closer to controlling congress.
Only California, with its inexplicably slow processing of votes, has the potential to send more new Republican representatives to Washington. Most districts in the state are only reporting around 50 percent of votes as counted, so far.
In light of how well the Democratic Party did nationwide, party members are distraught that a reliably blue state may cost them control of Congress.
Democratic Congressional Committee Chairman Sean Maloney laid some of the blame at the feet of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Rep. Maloney lost his reelection race Tuesday to Republican Mike Lawler, giving at least one bittersweet victory to the GOP. On his way out of office, Maloney said Ocasio-Cortez could have, should have done more to help her party during the campaign.
“The last time I ran into A.O.C., we were beating her endorsed candidate two to one in a primary, and I didn’t see her one minute of these midterms helping our House majority,” Maloney said in a statement, according to a New York Times report.
The former Bronx bartender did not let Maloney’s criticism slide, firing back shortly afterward.
“Let’s make something crystal clear,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a Thursday Twitter post about Sean Maloney. “SPM courted me for donations to swing races & it was the 1st thing I did this term. Over a quarter million for Dems this cycle, DCCC facilitated some & now he denies it.”
“If he isn’t aware of my visit to CA & efforts we put in, that’s on him,” she concluded.
Maloney may have a point because, while $250,000 is a good sum of money, it’s miniscule compared to the $11.7 million her campaign had as of October 19, according to Federal Election Commission records.
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