"I mean, it's pretty clear what's going on in California," tweeted political expert Harry Enten.
Democrats are now at a gain of 33 seats in the House - which could grow closer to 40, as nine seats remain undecided.
As the evidence grew of further election losses in California, House Republicans were scheduled Wednesday to vote on their new slate of leaders for 2019, with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) - one of the few safe Republicans from California - ready to assume the helm as House Minority Leader.
"Kevin McCarthy not only has the expertise, he's a team player," said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), who had no qualms about backing McCarthy for the GOP slot.
McCarthy's only opponent is a leader of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who was given little chance of winning by home state colleagues like Turner.
"You can't be a member that votes 'no' all the time, and then attempt to lead in any way," Turner said of his fellow Ohio Republican.
But supporters of Jordan argued that after being knocked out of the majority, it was time for something different, not the same GOP leadership.
Meanwhile, Democrats were having their own behind-the-scenes maneuvers on their future leaders, as a small group of Democrats were saying they would block the effort of Rep. Nancy Pelosi to again assume the post of Speaker.
"Nancy Pelosi has proven herself as a first-rate legislator," said Rep.-Elect Donna Shalala of Florida, as Pelosi supporters tried to snuff out any hint of growing opposition.
If Pelosi takes the gavel again as Speaker, she would be the first person to resume the Speakership since Sam Rayburn in the 1950's.
Democrats won't hold their leadership elections until after Thanksgiving.