By Nadin Abbott
November 7, 2012 (San Diego)—While Democrats failed to retake control of the United States House of Representatives, right now seats by party are at Republican 232, and Democratic at 191, with 12 seats still not decided. Among those not decided is San Diego’s own 52nd District contest between Scott Peters (D) and Congressman Brian Bilbray (R), where Peters now leads by a narrow margin.
This early in the contest it appears that the Democrats have the opportunity to pick some Seats in the House of Representatives, making inroads in the Republican Majority. The raw data right now points to at least a few Democratic pickups. In order for the Republicans to maintain the same lead they had in 2012 of 242 seats they would have to succeed in ten out of twelve contests still left to be decided as of this morning.
The Republican House majority means the potential for more partisan gridlock and in one bright spot for Republicans after Obama captured the White House, an opportunity to block the administration’s agenda. As that lead narrows, however, there are also opportunities for Democrats to seek to sway a few Republican votes on key agenda items. Whether the Republican majority will moderate or continue its tilt toward Tea Party ulta-conservatism remains to be seen.