Republican U.S. House Leader Kevin McCarthy of California declared victory on Wednesday after Republicans appeared poised to flip the chamber. The statement comes as he is likely to be elected as the new House Speaker, dealing a crippling blow to Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the 118th Congress. “I want to thank the millions of supporters across this country,” McCarthy said, continuing, “It is clear we are going to take the House back.”

The Epoch Times reports:

At the time of publication, the Associated Press has called winners in 371 of the 435 House seats up for grabs. This includes 199 Republicans and 172 Democrats. AP reports that two Democrats have lost their seats so far.

To take control of the House, a party needs 218 seats, meaning that Republicans are currently 19 seats away from capturing the lower chamber.

“If you believe in freedom, hard work and the American dream these results prove there is a place for you in the Republican Party,” said McCarthy. “We are expanding this party.”

Results show vast GOP inroads with Hispanic voters, and flips of hard-fought seats, such as that of January 6 Committee member Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA).

Pelosi sang a more somber tone, writing,  “While many races remain too close to call, it is clear that House Democratic members and candidates are strongly outperforming expectations across the country.”

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