Democrats remain poised to maintain their majority in the chamber, but Republican challengers gained more ground than they anticipated — picking up seven seats. There are still a number of races to be called.
In an early morning interview with Politico, McCarthy said the Republican Party had “defied the odds” with its performance.
“It’s the night of the Republican women …The Democrats never solved one problem in their majority,” he said. “They promised they would govern differently [in the House], and they didn’t.”
Speaking to reporters in a news briefing at Washington’s Capitol Visitor Center, McCarthy boasted of what he said was President Trump’s historic success “even in the face of unprecedented challenges,” and said the future of the party had been changed for the better.
He said that Democrats including Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Cheri Bustos and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been proven gravely wrong in their initial projections.
Women, he reiterated, played a large role in that “rejection.”
“We’ll likely have an additional 14-19 Republican women,” McCarthy said. “This will break the record for the most Republican women coming in at any one time — will double and will set a record for the most women ever in the Republican Party.”
The leader also said the party would likely pick up six to nine minority candidates and that there are 11 outstanding races he feels very confident about.