The multi-billion dollar midterm election was punctuated by vicious campaign advertisements, personal attacks and hundreds of candidates.About the defeat of former President Donald Trump in 2020.
but in the ashes, some of them projected to win their race and become members of the House for the first time, striking a compromise tone and pledging to work across party lines. These include some who are expected to win tough competition in the battlefield districts.
Based on the latest CBS News projections, the incoming class of dozens of new members of Congress is expected to include an openly gay Republican from the New York City area; a Democratic immigration rights advocate from West Michigan who flipped a red district into a blue one; an Upstate New York Republican who won a narrow victory just months after losing a high-profile special election; And a former local Maryland prosecutor said midterm election voters have begun to perpetuate “gross loser politics.”
“The era of cry-baby politics must now calm down,” said Democrat Glenn Ivey, who is projected to win a heavily-democratic seat in Prince George’s County, Maryland, the suburbs of Washington, DC.
Ivey said the two sides would potentially have to work together to prevent the federal government shutdown and responsibly handle the country’s debt ceiling.
Democrats outperformed expectations in the midterm, with 308 federal and statewide candidates classified as electoral refusals. Ivey said the failure of those dozens of candidates showed that Americans were tired of baseless claims and excessive rhetoric.
“America does not tolerate loser politics for too long,” Ivey said.
Republicans who won some battleground states said they would seek to bridge the divide and work to quell the passions that fueled the 117th Congress.
“I don’t have an ounce of extreme about me,” said Republican Jorge Santos, projected to win a heated congressional race to represent Long Island, New York.
Santos, 34, a Wall Street financier, is an openly gay man who said he was never discriminated against within the Republican Party. Santos said he would reject the culture wars and any slander of the LGBT community.
“The culture wars are tearing our country to pieces,” said Santos, who told CBS News that he plans to make a run for chairman of the upcoming House freshman class.
“My district isn’t red or blue, it’s purple. I’m going to fight rising prices, opioid addiction and work to create some jobs,” said Duchess County Acting Republican Mark Molinaro. Congress District Seat
His projected victory comes less than three months after political heartbreak, when he lost a high-profile special election for a House seat in late August over abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v Mississippi. The race was heavily defined by arguments over rights. ruling.
Molinaro, who ran in a slightly redrawn district against a different opponent, told CBS News that he intended to focus the primary focus on constituent services, a distinctly nonpartisan aspect of service to members of the House.
“As a Dutch county executive, the joke about me is: I’ll show up at the opening of … an envelope.”
Molinaro said he intends to continue to attend events and festivals in his large New York district.
Democrat Hilary Sholton is projected to win a battlefield race near Grand Rapids, Michigan, against a candidate classified by CBS News as an “election denier”.
Republican challenger John Gibbs of Scholten ousted Republican Rep. Peter Meijer in the state’s GOP primary earlier this year. Gibbs had made unsubstantiated claims about the 2020 election, an issue that helped define the race between him and Sholton.
Sholton said she would be “authentic” for her congressional district, and would work with both parties. She is a former Justice Department official who has advocated immigration rights. Her family’s roots span generations in the West Michigan area, and she plans to work collaboratively in Washington. She told CBS News that her race has already worked out in the Capitol at freezing temperatures.
“I’ve already started (to do this). I beat an extremist,” Scholten said.
Yet there is some pessimism among the newly elected people about the prospect of an immediate flurry of bipartisanship.
“I’m not hearing a bipartisan motion from people in the House Freedom Caucus,” said Democrat Jeff Jackson, who is projected to win the race for North Carolina’s 14th congressional district.
Jackson is an Army National Guard member who has served in the North Carolina state legislature. He said he would hold bipartisan one-on-one meetings with every Republican in his state’s congressional delegation.
“No matter how bad things get here, we should be able to negotiate[as North Carolinians],” Jackson told CBS News.
Promises of cooperation and a ready for bipartisanship are common in the weeks following the US elections. But the humiliating defeat of some of the most zealous candidates who refused the elections offers a promise to de-escalate tensions in the 118th Congress.
Incumbent Representative Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pennsylvania), who is projected to win a third term representing Philadelphia, said the incoming group of new members has the potential to bridge political gaps.
“It’s not in America’s interest to play at the borders,” Scanlon said.
Members of the newly elected House will gather in Washington, DC for a week of orientation programs and information sessions beginning Sunday. Bonds are often formed during these post-election swings.
Democrat Willie Nichols, who is projected to represent North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, told CBS News that he is looking for a Republican partner to join the House’s “problem solver caucus” during or after next week’s orientation. Will spend some time
Nichols, a North Carolina state senator who previously served in the Obama administration, said congressional campaigns have intensified over the past decade.
“Our politics are very harsh,” Nickels said. “I want to change the tone.”
Ivey, a former local prosecutor, told CBS News that, “with respect to democracy, I think we’ve got a good ratification from the elections”.
“We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and go to work,” he said.