Nancy Pelosi finally had to face the music after the election.
The moment conservatives were waiting for finally arrived.
Nancy Pelosi just got fired and you have to see who Republicans have to thank.
A number of states are still counting votes.
But Republicans officially won enough seats to reclaim the majority and oust Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House for the second time in 12 years.
The red wave – however – did not appear and Republicans are looking at a narrow single-digit majority.
One state where the red wave did wipe out Democrats was Florida.
And it’s all thanks to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Republicans in the state legislature originally pressed for a map featuring 16 GOP-leaning districts, 12 Democrat-leaning districts and one swing seat.
Governor DeSantis rejected this map on the grounds the legislature did not accurately reflect Florida’s red state status.
Instead, DeSantis played hardball and pushed the legislature to draw a 20-8-1 GOP-leaning map.
When DeSantis won re-election by 1.5 million votes on the strength of his populist conservative record Republicans ended up with 20 House seats in Florida.
Republicans later admitted that four extra House seats provided the difference on the GOP taking the majority and ending Pelosi’s reign as speaker of the House.
“Republicans in Congress owe a big thank you to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose insistence on redrawing the state’s congressional districts led to a four-seat pickup in the U.S. House on Tuesday, ”Florida Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan told POLITICO. “Florida now has 20 Republican members of the House as a result of the governor’s insistence on his maps. Only one state has more Republicans in Congress.”
“The slim new Republican majority in the House would have been even smaller without Florida,” Buchanan added.
The head of the main super PAC tasked with electing House Republicans also agreed.
“The gain in Florida and New York made a big difference for the majority,” Congressional Leadership Fund President Dan Conston boasted. “Florida’s new map helped quite a bit.”
Left-wing activists sued claiming the map DeSantis pushed for was an illegal racial gerrymander because it eliminated one of the state’s two majority-black districts in favor of more fair lines where black voters were not packed into certain congressional seats.
“Tuesday’s midterm congressional elections were held under a congressional map that was already found to be blatantly unconstitutional by a state court judge, under Florida’s Fair District Amendments,” a statement from the League of Women Voters of Florida, Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute, and other liberal activists challenging the map read. “As control of the United States House hangs in the balance, we are once again reminded of the importance of free and fair elections.”
That legal challenge will play out and DeSantis is likely to prevail.
And in the meantime, DeSantis fighting establishment Republicans set to hand Democrats undeserved congressional seats helped secure the GOP majority.
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