GOP congressman says Republicans will win “at least 40 seats”

Rising inflation and bad poll numbers for President Joe Biden have led many to speculate that House Republicans will form a majority after this year’s midterm elections.

However, one GOP representative recently argued that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is about to be rocked as his party makes even larger gains than some have predicted. 

Congressman expects his party will pick up “at least 40 seats”

Texas Rep. Michael McCaul made that claim during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” telling host Dana Perino that he is “very confident” about what will happen in November.

“I think the polling shows this,” McCaul declared, adding, “Historically, as well, the party out of power in the first term in the White House, we will pick up seats.”

While he acknowledged that Republicans only need five seats to take over the House, McCaul said, “I predict we’re going to get probably at least 40 seats.”

He said that is due to resentment over inflation, high gas prices, and foreign policy debacles as well as the perception that Biden is “a weak president.”

Another salient issue is border security, something McCaul says the Biden administration’s policies have seriously undermined. An Ipsos poll commissioned by ABC News earlier this month found that 60% of Americans disapproved of how Biden has handled immigration.

The congressman added that he doesn’t believe Mexico will cooperate on securing the border even if the president switches course, saying, “They did under Trump, and it was working. I’m not sure it’s going to work under this administration.”

Democrats are expressing unease

Interestingly, it’s not just Republicans who believe the political landscape favors them: New York Times contributor Blake Hounshell said in an article published this weekend that many Democratic insiders have told him they agree.

Doug Sosnik is a former Clinton administration political advisor, and he was quoted as saying, “It’s going to be a terrible cycle for Democrats.”

Meanwhile, Hounshell pointed out that some Democrats have even started to put distance between themselves and Joe Biden due to his sinking poll numbers.

As an example, he pointed to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, noting how she has “quietly removed the president’s name from news releases about federally funded infrastructure projects.”

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