Nov 9, 2022 - Politics & Policy

First MAGA Congress

Photo illustration of President Trump's head blurring into the Capitol dome

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

At least 80 people who have questioned the 2020 election results won seats in the House last night — cementing a sizable MAGA caucus.

Why it matters: Their victories could impact the 2024 presidential election, reshape congressional priorities and weaken institutional leaders.

Between the lines: The hard-right flank — there will be more than 90 House members who were endorsed by Trump — could command outsized influence in a narrow GOP majority.

  • They'll wield influence first of all in choosing the caucus' leadership — and those leaders will have to make deals either with them or with Democrats to pass anything.
  • House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy has said hard-right Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) will get their committee assignments back — and may even get on some plum panels.

What we're watching: Hardline conservatives have been souring on continued aid to Ukraine, and also agitating for impeachment proceedings against President Biden — in contrast with GOP leaders who see relentless investigations as the better path to undercutting Biden.

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