Vice President Kamala Harris encouraged fellow Democrats to stay conscious of their vulnerability in the upcoming midterm elections, according to a report in The Washington Examiner.
Harris made her comments at a California-themed “virtual DNC fundraiser,” on Friday where she reminded the attendees about the “slim” majority they hold in the House and Senate, warning that several Republican-led states are working on voter reform that could decrease their margins.
According to reporters from the press pool the vice president spoke about keeping their majority in the senate, which is technically not a Democratic majority with only 48 Democrats and two independents who caucus.
That technical majority has allowed Democrats to pass multiple measures with Harris breaking the tie in her position as president of the Senate. The nine seat majority in the House is also in jeopardy in the upcoming election.
“Our majorities in the House and the Senate are incredibly slim. OK? They are. And we know that Democrats are going to need big voter turnout in 2022 to hang on to the House and the Senate,” Harris said.
Historically the party without control of the White House has made strong gains in the midterm election, which is a trend that landed Democrats in charge of the House in 2018.
The Vice President encouraged the attendees to “fight back against these anti-voter efforts with everything we have,” in reference to voter security legislation passed in at least 14 states, all of which controlled by Republicans according to the Examiner.
Harris’s concerns are merited, considering the outrage fostered among Republicans since the last election. Some believe that, should the votes be regretted accurately there could be a clean sweep by Republicans, irate about the potential loss of freedoms many have faced.