As Democrats put on a show with their January 6 Committee amid a tumbling economy on the brink of recession, Republicans are leading the polls for the 2022 midterms. According to a recent Rasmussen survey, Republicans hold a nine point lead in the Generic Congressional Ballot.
Republicans reportedly lead 49-40% in the poll, a one point gain since last week. The gap between men and women has also diminished. Men are now three points more likely to vote Republican, down from six points last week and nine points two weeks ago.
The House January 6 Committee resumed its hearings this week into the Capitol riot that occurred last year. An onslaught of new testifiers claim that then-President President Donald Trump lost the election. Another survey by Rasmussen shows that 2000 Mules, a documentary on election fraud in the 2020 election by Dinesh D’Souza, has strengthened convictions of “systematic widespread election fraud” among the Republicans (85%), Democrats (68%) and unaffiliated voters (77%) who watched the film.
What we still do not know is whether or not Representative Nancy Pelosi and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser denied Trump’s request for the National Guard ahead of the January 6 protests. Ex-Police Chief Steven Sund says that the National Guard was denied over the optics of declaring an emergency ahead of the protests, according to NPR.
As protestors are shown breaking windows to access the building, other videos show Capitol police opening the doors for the protestors and accompanying them through the building. The mystery of Ray Epps, a person of interest who was seen to provoke the riot prior to January 6, remains unanswered. He has neither been charged or acknowledged by the select committee or the FBI.
The right sees the hearings as political theater, charging that Democrats are simply out of touch. This week, the market has moved into ‘bear territory’ as stocks are crashing amid surging inflation (8.3%), signaling the potential for a recession. Consumer prices, notably energy and food, have risen by the fastest annual rate in 40 years. National gas prices have crossed over $5 per gallon.
But are Americans more concerned about January 6?
Republicans have had voter registration gains in battleground states by nearly half a million—over 480,000—in April 2022. Data by the Secretaries of State in Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Iowa and Nevada reportedly show that Republicans are chipping away at the Democratic lead.
Numerous states continued to follow the trend in May.
In a special election held in Texas on June 15, Republican congressional candidate Mayra Flores flipped Cameron County red. She will make the first Mexican-born congresswoman to serve in the House. The county was not expected to turn red because it usually favors Democrats by double digits, according to Fox News.
This shows a worrisome trend for the Democratic Party over the way Hispanics are voting. According to a Wall Street Journal poll conducted in December 2021, Hispanic voters are now evenly split between both Republicans and Democrats, marking a gain in the Republican Party.