House Democrats’ Tally Is 12 Seats and Counting

Posted November 5, 2008 at 1:25am

House Democrats have increased their Caucus by a net of a dozen seats so far, with many races still yet to be decided as of early Wednesday morning. Democrats in the past hour or so picked up seats in Colorado, Michigan and Alabama for a total of 16 seats won so far.

But House Republicans have managed to steal a total of four seats from Democrats, and have held on to several open seats vacated by GOP Members.

In recent results, Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.) has lost re-election to state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins (R). With 97 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press has called the race for Jenkins, who leads Boyda, 51 percent to 46 percent.

In Minnesota’s 3rd district, state Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) will follow in the footsteps of his former boss, Rep. Jim Ramstad (R), in the suburban Twin Cities district. North of Minneapolis, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) has held on to her seat for yet another term in Congress by defeating her Democratic opponent, 47 percent to 43 percent.

Republicans also kept Missouri’s open 9th district, with former state Tourism Director Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (R) 2-point victory over his Democratic opponent. And in Ohio, state Sen. Steve Austria (R) held on to the 7th district seat that retiring Rep. David Hobson (R) filled for nine terms.

Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Mario Diaz-Balart also held onto their South Florida seats, which Democrats were also targeting. In Nebraska’s 2nd district, Rep. Lee Terry (R) staved off a challenge from businessman Jim Esch (D).

Republican incumbents who lost Tuesday were Reps. Phil English (Pa.), Tom Feeney (Fla.), Robin Hayes (N.C.), Ric Keller (Fla.), Joe Knollenberg (Mich.), Marilyn Musgrave (Colo.) and Christopher Shays (Conn.).

In addition to Boyda, the losing Democratic incumbents were Reps. Don Cazayoux (La.), Nick Lampson (Texas) and Tim Mahoney (Fla.).