Republicans won one of the final House races in the 2022 election cycle.
Republican John Duarte won California’s 13th Congressional District after his Democratic rival, Adam Gray, conceded on Friday.
Duarte secured victory in the close race in which Gray trailed by only a few hundred votes.
“After weeks of incredibly hard work by our election workers, the result has become clear,” Gray said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“While I had hoped for a different outcome, I accept the results and have called to congratulate my opponent, John Duarte.”
There is no better place to grow up than in the Valley. It has been the greatest honor of my life to represent our community in the State Legislature. Whether elected or not, I will never stop fighting for the Valley. pic.twitter.com/xVQagl7MXx
— Adam C. Gray (@AdamGrayCA) December 3, 2022
After Duarte’s victory, Republicans are projected to hold a narrow majority in the lower chamber with 222 seats compared to 213 seats controlled by the Democrats.
Democrat Adam Gray conceded on Friday night to Republican John Duarte in the open-seat race to represent California’s 13th Congressional District, the final House race of the 2022 midterms to be called.
“While I had hoped for a different outcome, I accept the results and have called to congratulate my opponent, John Duarte,” Gray, a state assemblyman, said in a statement posted to Twitter.
With Duarte’s win in the Central Valley district, Republicans are projected to hold a slim majority in the House of Representatives next year, with 222 seats.
Democrats are projected to win 213 seats in this year’s midterms,
The Daily Wire provided additional updates:
One race — Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-CO) bid for reelection — is still up in the air as it was close enough to trigger a recount.
Democrats are poised to be temporarily down a member next term after Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA) died on Monday at the age of 61 following a battle with cancer. State law dictates that the governor, who right now is Glenn Youngkin (R-VA), will be the one to call a special election. McEachin’s district, which includes Richmond, is expected to stay with the Democrats, as it is a heavily blue area.
Exactly how many seats Republicans and Democrats have could prove critical in the contest for House speaker due to the slim margin. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is positioned to snag the role, but he’ll need to garner at least 218 votes in January. A handful of Republicans have voiced opposition to McCarthy’s ascension to the speakership.