GOP stumbles with independents contributed to midterm woes


              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Vickie Klang, an independent voter from Eagan, Minn., discusses in Eagan on Dec. 13, 2022, why she voted for Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District election. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              Steve Stauff, an independent voter from Shakopee, Minn., pets his German shorthaired pointer Beatrice while working from home on Dec. 14, 2022. Stauff was among independent voters who supported Democratic Rep. Angie Craig over Republican challenger Tyler Kistner in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Craig was among more than a dozen Democrats viewed as vulnerable, but who won on Nov. 8 in part due to Republicans’ underperformance among independent voters: (AP Photo/Thomas Beaumont)
            
              FILE - Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., greets supporters at an election night party Nov. 8, 2022, at Loon's Landing Brewery in Savage, Minn. Republicans spent more than $12 million to unseat Craig, who won her reelection campaign. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP, File)
            
              FILE - People listen as House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks at DMI Companies in Monongahela, Pa., Sept. 23, 2022. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy unveiled a campaign proposal in September titled “Commitment to America," billed as a GOP agenda. However, the proposal, a collection of repackaged goals such as increased domestic petroleum production, was light on details and mentioned little during the campaign. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File)
            
              FILE - House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks at DMI Companies in Monongahela, Pa., Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.  McCarthy unveiled a campaign proposal in September titled “Commitment to America," billed as a GOP agenda. However, the proposal, a collection of repackaged goals such as increased domestic petroleum production, was light on details and mentioned little during the campaign. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File)
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