Democrats are trying to poach half as many House seats from Republicans in 2022 as they did in 2020, “trimming their target list from 39 to 21,” Axios reported on Tuesday.
“The narrowing map — which reflects where Democrats see their best chance of flipping seats — is the latest datapoint showing the challenging political landscape the party faces in the crucial 2022 midterms,” according to the report.
For Democrats, 2022 presents a perfect storm: the party already holds an extremely thin majority in the House, combined with redistricting — a once-in-a-decade process in which Republicans maintain the advantage. Even more so, President Joe Biden has not been polling well in the aftermath of the Afghanistan withdrawal. Democrats have also been scrambling to save face on issues like rising crime, the immigration crisis, inflation, and a pandemic Biden swore to end.