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New Special Election Result Upends D.C. – Victory Gives Speaker Johnson 1 Critical Boost
By Mick Farthing|June 12, 2024
New Special Election Result Upends D.C. – Victory Gives Speaker Johnson 1 Critical Boost

We are still months away from the 2024 election. This upcoming election will determine the makeup of our government for the next two to four years. Donald Trump and Joe Biden are competing for the White House, while other key elections will also shape Congress.

Currently, the House has a very narrow Republican majority, which limits what Republicans can achieve and prevents them from securing significant wins for Americans.

A special election was recently held in a swing state for an open House seat. The outcome could potentially tip the balance of the majority just enough to make the next few months interesting. It might also give us a preview of what’s to come in the upcoming election.

From Fox News:
House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., got a bit of breathing room on Tuesday night when Republican Michael Rulli won the special election to replace retired Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio.

Rulli is an Ohio state senator and a small business owner who touts himself as a “big natural gas guy,” according to the Ohio Capital Journal…

His victory and eventual swearing-in will bring the total number of Republicans in the House GOP up to 219. It means Republican leaders can afford to lose three votes on any party-line measure, marginally better than the two-seat majority it’s been navigating for weeks.

Republican Michael Rulli has won a special election to fill Ohio’s open House seat, giving Republicans 219 votes in the lower chamber of Congress. While it’s not a landslide majority, it does provide Speaker Johnson with a bit more leeway when it comes to passing controversial bills.

Rulli’s website outlines the “priorities for Ohio families,” highlighting important issues such as “energy independence,” the “right to bear arms,” and “election integrity.” The Ohio official was widely expected to secure victory in the Buckeye State’s strongly conservative 6th congressional district. President Trump won this district by a margin of over 40 points in the 2020 election.

This race could also be a determining factor in how the November elections play out. Ohio, being a swing state with a predominantly blue-collar population, could potentially indicate a swing back to the right this year. If this is the case, it might favor Trump and provide a boost to Republicans aiming to regain the majority in Congress.

It’s pretty exciting to see how these special elections are shaking up the status quo in D.C. If this trend continues, we could see a big red wave in November. Stay tuned and keep an eye on how things develop – it’s going to be an exciting ride!

Key Takeaways:

  • Republicans won an open House seat in Ohio, thanks to a special election.
  • This brings Republicans’ total seats in the House to 219.
  • Republicans have a narrow majority in the House.

Source: Fox News

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Mick Farthing
Mick is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and graphic designer. He is a regular contributor for the Patriot Journal.
Mick is a freelance writer, cartoonist, and graphic designer. He is a regular contributor for the Patriot Journal.
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