House Democrats haven’t abandoned hopes they can hold majority in 2022

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Republicans have their eyes on the House majority in 2022, but Democrats hope they can defy recent history and maintain control.

Democrats are in the midst of figuring out why they may have lost as many as 13 House seats after ballot counting is complete in all races.

Speculation over Democrats’ failure to protect newly flipped blue districts and target competitive red districts ranges from wrong messaging to the failure to do enough for vulnerable freshman Democrats competing in districts President Trump won in 2016.

House Democrats pointed fingers at each other immediately following the election over who was to blame for the striking losses, with Rep. Abigail Spanberger claiming more leftist Democratic lawmakers who touted “socialism” and “defunding of the police” made reelection efforts difficult for her and other members.