Trump-backed candidate wins in California, solidifies GOP majority

One week after Election Day, a Decision Desk HQ prediction stated that Kevin Kiley (R-CA), the former president’s candidate for the third congressional district in California, trounced his Democrat rival on Tuesday, solidifying the Republican Party’s majority in the House. 

After the GOP won in five crucial House seats in California and Arizona on Monday night, the race was declared for Kiley, according to a report by Breitbart News.

Kiley urged a potential Republican-controlled House to adopt Trump’s policies during his campaign.

In March, Kiley stated to Breitbart News:

If we get the majority in Congress, we’re going to need to actually put forward legislation that would return us to those policies of the Trump era, that were moving our country in the right direction to try to actually get our economy going again, to try to return security to our border, to lower taxes.

Despite underachieving, the Republicans only needed a net gain of five seats to take control of the House. Democrats had 205 races called as of Tuesday.

Reps. Mike Garcia (R-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) are currently in the lead in their respective contests, and if they prevail, the Republican advantage will increase to 221 seats.

On Tuesday, House Republicans chose Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) over GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for the position of Speaker of the House; McCarthy received 188 votes to Biggs’ 31.

McCarthy has until January to garner the 218 votes necessary for speaker election. Republicans will be in charge of the several House committees, which are crucial to investigations because they hold the majority.

McCarthy has previously discussed coordinating probes across committees, including one looking into President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, with top House Republicans.

McCarthy also exhorted senior Republicans serving on House committees to write letters requesting records from Biden administration agencies. According to the Washington Post, House Republicans have already sent more than 500 requests to various organizations.