A Democratic lawmaker from New Jersey said during a conference this week his party is in danger of losing control of the House, as new polling data favors Republican takeovers of both the House and the Senate.
Rep. Tom Malinowski, who may also lose his own seat, made his remarks during an “Innovators For Democracy Virtual Discussion.”
“The congressman was asked during the virtual event about the recent polling and the infighting happening in the Democrat party, and what effect that has on President Joe Biden, since his recent polls are tanking across the county, and the Democrats as a whole, as well as the congressional members like Malinowski who are in districts that put them at risk,” Breitbart News reported, citing the most recent data.
“All that stuff is real,” he said in regards to falling poll numbers for President Biden as well as the Democratic Party in general. He went on to say that “if the election were held right now, I don’t think we would win.
“We’re the party that delivers [the Republicans are] the party that defaults. I get to go out there and say, you know, some of us get shit done, and some of us are batshit crazy,” he said.
“And that’s your choice, and most of my voters, middle of the road pragmatic voters, I think will respond to that message. I can count on [the Republicans] to remain batsIIt crazy. There’s no question about that,” the New Jersey lawmaker claimed.
“Democrats just need to spend the next couple of weeks getting s**t done, and if we can. I think we’ll be in pretty good stead for, for 2022,” he added.
But his optimism is running up against new polling showing Republicans doing well in key races to overcome slim Democrat majorities in both chambers.
Cook Political Report Senior Editor David Wasserman told NBC News that Republicans are poised to retake the lower chamber for several reasons.
“Based on all factors, you’d have to consider Republicans the early favorites for the House majority in 2022,” Wasserman said.
“But as we found out in 2020, surprises can happen, and it’s not a done deal,” he added.
“Democrats’ best hope is that Biden’s approval rating stays above 50% and that Republicans have a tougher time turning out their voters without Trump on the ballot.”
Meanwhile, a survey from Punchbowl News found that a whopping 73 percent of Capitol Hill aides believe Republicans will take the speaker’s gavel from California Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi next November.
Republicans need a net gain of 5 seats to regain the House majority in the midterms next November.