The staggering number of House Democrats choosing not to run for reelection in 2022 is continuing to grow, and the party is clearly in panic mode.
A total of 23 House Democrats have announced that they will not be seeking reelection in the 2022 midterms, which leaves their seats open for Republicans to regain the majority and put a stop to the Biden administration’s radical plans for the last two years that Joe Biden is in office.
After the 2020 election, Democrats hold a slim majority in the House of Representatives: just 222-213. This means that Republicans only need to gain five additional seats in the 2022 midterms to regain the majority.
These recent announcements by Democrats who have chosen not to run for reelection indicate that Republicans have a clear advantage in the upcoming elections, and the Democrats’ dreams of keeping their majority for the next two years are not likely to come true.
The Democrats are already at a disadvantage. Typically, the party that holds the presidency loses control of Congress in the first midterm election. According to PolitiFact, since the Roosevelt era, the president’s party has only gained seats in the House and Senate during the midterm elections twice: in 1934 and 2002.
These Democrats have decided to either retire or to seek a different office rather than fighting in what Breitbart News calls “a brutal reelection.”
With Joe Biden’s approval numbers as low as 36.4 percent, according to a Zogby poll, and the left’s increasingly radical agenda, the Democrat Party is falling out of favor with average Americans. The 2022 midterms are going to be especially tough due to the economic hardship that many average Americans are facing. Gas prices have soared since Biden took office, inflation has skyrocketed, there is a serious supply chain crisis, and the American people are rightfully angry at the party in power. The 2022 midterms are very likely to reflect that.
“Nobody wants to run as a House Democrat this cycle because all Democrats’ majority has given the American people is higher prices, skyrocketing crime, and open borders,” says Mike Berg, the spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the group responsible for helping Republican incumbents and winning back the House majority.
The 15 Democrats who have chosen to retire are:
- Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX)
- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)
- Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)
- Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)
- Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY)
- Rep. David Price (D-NC)
- Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA)
- Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)
- Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)
- Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
- Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
- Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)
- Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL)
- Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
- Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ)
The eight Democrats who have chosen to run for a different office are:
- Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY), who will be running in the New York governor’s race.
- Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who will be running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Senator Rob Portman.
- Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), who is running for Florida governor against Republican Ron DeSantis.
- Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), who will be running for Senate in Florida.
- Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA), who will be running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Senator Pat Toomey.
- Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), who will be running for mayor in Los Angeles to replace outgoing Democrat Mayor Eric Garcetti.
- Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD), who is now running for Maryland Attorney General.
- Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), who is now running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy.
Breitbart also reported that there are rumors that additional Democrats will be “abandoning ship in the coming months leading up to the election,” and even some “reports of Pelosi herself contemplating leaving elected office,” though the House Speaker has told several sources that she plans to run again in 2022.