By Jonathan DienstOctober 10, 2020 14:09:10The election is over.
And the Democrats have won a decisive victory in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democrats had 55 seats in the 435-seat House of Delegates and their margin was a stunning 4 percentage points.
They took over the House seat from the Republicans on Oct. 12.
The outcome means the Democrats hold a comfortable majority in the House, though they’re still not quite at 50 percent.
The next step is the chamber’s approval, which could take weeks.
The House is currently in recess for the holidays, but this is the first time the chamber has been out for the season since 2011.
It will return on Nov. 3.
There are now two candidates running in the race to replace retiring Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga, a Democrat from Florida who is retiring.
The incumbent is former U.N. ambassador Mike Pompeo.
Democrats have the endorsement of former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden.
The election results were released Thursday morning, a day before Election Day.
The Democrats have a commanding lead in the vote count, according to exit polls.
The race has been widely seen as a referendum on Trump, who lost the popular vote to Clinton by nearly 3 million votes.
The race between Pompeo and Huizberga is among the most competitive races in the nation.
The candidates say they’re fighting for the same voters, but are also competing for the hearts and minds of the voters.
Pompeo is the favorite, with 48.5 percent of the vote to Huizgan’s 44.7 percent.
He’s backed by a sizable coalition of progressive and moderate voters.
Democrats are hoping the House can get on with the work of passing tax reform, overhauling immigration laws, and passing a health care law.
They hope that the House will return to work in early December.
Possible candidates for Speaker of the House Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) in a potential Democratic primary.
Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Mass.) is a progressive-leaning congressman and former federal prosecutor.
He also ran unsuccessfully for U.R.S.’s top position in the Cabinet.
He is a longtime ally of Trump, and the two have worked together on the issue of trade and terrorism.
Courtney has said he will not seek re-elections in 2018 and 2020.
“We need to be the party of working families and not the party that wants to make life harder for the working families in America,” Courtney told a local station.
Democrats have a strong majority in both chambers.
The House is scheduled to begin voting on tax reform on Thursday.