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House Update: GOP Holds Majority as Incumbents on Both Sides Fall

Updated 1:45 a.m.| House Republicans were wiped out in the Northeast in Tuesday’s elections, especially in New England, where there won’t be a single GOP Member returning to Congress next year.

A Democratic duo, former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and attorney Ann McLane Kuster, won House seats in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Reps. John Tierney (D-Mass.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.) fended off tough challenges from GOP opponents. Former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty narrowly won an open-seat race in Connecticut’s 5th district, holding the seat for Democrats.

In the Empire State, two Republican freshmen lost re-election: Nan Hayworth and Ann Marie Buerkle. Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.), who won a special election last year, lost her bid for a full term, marking one of her party’s only disappointments in the region.

The GOP losses in New England were offset by gains in the South — Republicans picked up five seats across North Carolina, Arkansas and Kentucky.

Republicans also had a good night in races against their colleagues. Reps. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) and Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) prevailed in their respective Member-vs.-Member contests. A third Member-vs.-Member race in Louisiana between two Republicans will head to a runoff on Dec. 1.

Democrats knocked off freshman Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco in Texas and appeared headed toward beating Rep. Allen West in Florida.

So far, neither party had added or subtracted a large number of House seats from its current total for next Congress. About two-thirds of House races have picked a winner, according to the Associated Press.

Democrats are poised to pick up more seats in the next hour as results come in from California and Nevada. Democrats expressed confidence in California, in particular, over the past couple of weeks.

 

Updated 11:56 p.m.| The redistricting pen proved powerful tonight in House races, helping the parties who controlled the process in each state — usually Republicans.

Republicans led the mapmaking process in several key states, redrawing the boundaries to their party’s advantage. As a result, the GOP picked up three House seats in North Carolina, where their party redrew the lines in one of the most controversial maps of the cycle.

The GOP also picked up the sought-after 12th district in southwestern Pennsylvania, where Rep. Mark Critz lost, plus the 2nd district in Indiana. House Republicans won three open seats in Oklahoma, Arkansas and South Carolina. The GOP controlled redistricting in all of these states.

Republicans also kept three competitive House seats in Florida, another state where they held the redistricting pen. But Democrats picked up an open seat and defeated Rep. David Rivera (R) in the Sunshine State.

House Democrats ran the table in Illinois, where the party carved a Congressional map that could yield as many as a handful of seats. The party picked up at least three of those seats, and the Democratic nominee leads in another race.

At least one Democratic incumbent thwarted a GOP redraw: The GOP’s attempt to oust Rep. John Barrow (Ga.) with their redraw of his district failed. Similarly, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) leads his opponent by a slim margin that’s too close for the Associated Press to call.

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