Black Republicans Could Make History in Midterm Elections

Peyton Holliday | October 10, 2022 | 11:10am EDT
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(CNS News) -- Republicans have the potential to make history in the 118th Congress with the possible election in November of up to six new Black Republicans (House and Senate), which would give the GOP nine black members, the largest number in congressional history for that party. 

In 1875, eight black Republicans were sworn into office as part of the 44th Congress. Since that time there has not been more than eight black Republicans in Congress at one time.

The 2022 midterm elections will fill the 118th Congress along with many incumbent senators who are not up for election this cycle. There are six new black Republicans running for seats in addition to three black GOP members already in Congress.

Those three are Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah), Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Ind.), and Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.). (Scott is not up for election again until 2026.)  

Republican candidate John James.  (Getty Images)
Republican candidate John James. (Getty Images)

Among the new black Republicans are John James, who is running for the newly drawn District 10 in Michigan. Polls from October 4show that James is favored to win over his opponent Carl Marlinga (D). James is up by 6.6%.

Another House race in Michigan in District 3 has John Gibbs (R) running against Hillary Scholten (D). Gibbs is behind by 5 points in a poll from Oct. 4. There is a 5% margin of error in the poll.

In Indiana House District 1, Jennifer Ruth-Green (R) is running against Frank Mrvan (D) and is behind by 6.2 points in an Oct. 4 poll.

In Texas House District 38, Wesley Hunt (R) is running against Duncan Klussman (D). Hunt is projected to win with polls showing him up by 29.8 points.

Republican congressional candidate Wesley Hunt.  (Screenshot)
Republican congressional candidate Wesley Hunt. (Screenshot)

In Connecticut House District 5, George Logan (R) is running against Jahana Hayes (D) and is behind by 4.8 points, according to an Oct. 4poll. The poll has a 5 point margin of error.

In Georgia, Herschel Walker (R) is running against Raphael Warnock (D) for the U.S. Senate. Walker is behind by 3.9 points.

If five out of these six candidates are able to pull out a win, there is an opportunity for the Republican Party to tie history, but if all six of these Republicans are able to win, there is a chance to make history in the 118th Congress.

In the current 117th Congress, Democrats hold a majority, 221 seats in the House, to Republicans, 212 seats – there are two vacancies.

Republican congressional candidate Jennifer Ruth-Green.  (Screenshot)  
Republican congressional candidate Jennifer Ruth-Green.  (Screenshot)  

RealClearPolitics currently predicts 180 Democrats to win their seats, 220 Republicans to win their seats, and another 35 seats are toss ups.  218 seats are need for a majority.

In the Senate, RealClearPolitics sees 46 Democrats in solid wins and 47 Republicans in solid wins, with seven toss-up seats. 51 seats are need for a majority.

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