Mark Harris

As House Republicans Brace for Losses, Freedom Caucus Prepares for Growth
Hard-line conservative bloc has been raising millions to help recruit new members

Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., was an early recruit of the Freedom Caucus and she is now the group’s only female member. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

At a time when most House Republican factions are preparing to see their ranks shrink regardless of whether their party loses its majority next week, one caucus is expecting its membership to grow.

The House Freedom Caucus, considered the most conservative bloc of Republicans in Congress, is expecting to increase its roster of 35 members to somewhere in the 37-to-40 range, based on the number of incumbent and recruited candidates they predict could lose Tuesday.

Pittenger Wins Recount in North Carolina's 9th District
Challenger conceded Monday after picking up just two more votes

North Carolina's Robert Pittenger won a recount to secure the GOP nomination in the 9th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger won a recount in the GOP primary for North Carolina's 9th District Monday.  

Charlotte pastor Mark Harris picked up two votes in the recount, but he conceded the race.