House 2022 Forecast & Predictions
Republicans had a surprisingly strong performance in the House elections in 2020, narrowing Democrat’s 35-seat lead to just 9. That gave the GOP an air of confidence heading into the 2022 election cycle. In February of 2021, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was so bullish that he said he'd bet his own house on a victory, and that there was no chance Democrats would win. However, our analysis finds that while McCarthy’s caucus is the favorite, Democrats still have a fighting shot at holding the House of Representatives. They have benefitted from a series of fortuitous developments, including a more competitive congressional map nationally.
The House Forecast uses data to break down the political battleground, and estimates which races are likely to be the most competitive. Every day, it runs 20,000 simulations of the election to project how likely both parties are to capture the majority and win each race. It has a similar foundation as the Senate Forecast, which was one of the most accurate in the nation in 2020. It was tested on the over 2,000 Congressional elections held since 2010 to ensure it was as accurate as possible, and successfully called over 96.5% of those races correctly. Considerable work was also taken to ensure it had as little bias towards either party as possible. Despite running tests in a decade with two historic polling misses, it only had a 0.13% bias towards Democrats on average when projecting the final margin of victory in each race. For much more information on how the House Forecast works, click here.
RacetotheWH launched in 2020 and on average, it was closer to the final result than the traditional gold standard, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.
The margin of victory for each Congressional district is projected using seven primary indicators:
1. The Voting History of Each Congressional District
2. The Incumbent’s Performance in the Last Election
5. Political Experience of the Candidates
6. National Environment
7. First Round of Elections (For States with Runoffs)
In the early stages of the election, before candidates are finalized and good polling and fundraising data is available, it will be informed by the House ratings from the Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball. For much more information on how the House Forecast works, click here. We also just launched a feature that breaks down the Political Battleground in the House for each State.