Democrats held two Iowa House seats. but Rep. Leonard Boswell (D) lost to Rep. Tom Latham in a matchup forced by redistricting. Former first lady Christie Vilsack (D) also lost her bid to unseat Rep. Steve King (R) in a heavily targeted race.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s prospects might improve later this evening. The polls just closed in California, where House Democrats are expected to pick up a few seats. A bipartisan redistricting board redrew the map there, creating opportunities for Democrats in new seats or districts held by Republicans.
Updated 10:13 p.m. | Democrats began to even the score with Republicans in the battle for House seats as Eastern states began reporting their results.
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) lost his bid for a an 11th term to businessman John Delaney (D), marking the first House Republican to lose re-election today. Attorney Ann McLane Kuster (D) appears to be on track to defeat Rep. Charles Bass (R-N.H.) with 31 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.
But House Republicans nabbed three seats already from Democrats in Kentucky and North Carolina. Republicans anticipate there will be more to come tonight.
“Andy Barr’s won, and that’s definitely a pickup,” National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) said, reflecting on the results so far at tonight’s GOP victory party in Washington, D.C. “And we’re looking for other results across country. It seems and appears we are holding our own, and we’re looking forward to enjoying the evening.”
Updated 9:06 p.m. | NBC News and CNN projected Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) will keep his gavel in the next Congress, as Republicans have picked up three House seats so far tonight.
Attorney Andy Barr (R) defeated Rep. Ben Chandler (D) in Kentucky’s 6th district, marking the first incumbent to lose re-election tonight.
In North Carolina, Republicans picked up an open seat in the 13th district with the victory of former U.S. Attorney George Holding (R). House Republicans also picked up retiring Rep. Heath Shuler’s (D) seat on the western side of the Tar Heel State.
Two Republicans closely affiliated with the tea party movement, large-animal veterinarian Ted Yoho and Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie, won their House seats in Florida and Kentucky, respectively.
Polls closed in several more states at 9 p.m.: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Updated 8:07 p.m. | Polls closed in 17 states at 8 p.m., including several with competitive House races such as Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
In Kentucky, where polls closed starting 90 minutes ago, Rep. Ben Chandler (D) trailed his opponent, attorney Andy Barr (R) by 7 points, with 31 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. Chandler defeated Barr by 647 votes in the closest House campaign of the 2010 cycle.
In Indiana, Iraq War veteran Brendan Mullen (D) leads former state Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) leads by double digits with 42 percent of precincts reporting. Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) vacated this northern Indiana House seat to run for Senate.
In southern Indiana, Rep. Larry Bucshon (R) leads former state Rep. Dave Crooks (D) by about 6 points with 34 percent of precincts reporting.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.