House races

House races

Rep. Rangel wins reelection, will face ethics trial

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) won his reelection bid Tuesday. The former House Ways and Means Committee chairman is facing an ethics committee trial but was expected to win in the heavily weighted Democratic district.

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Freshman Rep. Kratovil loses reelection

The conservative bent of Rep. Frank Kratovil's (Md.) congressional district proved too much to overcome for the freshman Democrat on Tuesday, as he went down to defeat at the hands of Republican Andy Harris.

Kratovil voted against healthcare reform and sought to distance himself from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in campaign ads, but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won Kratovil's district with nearly 60 percent of the vote in 2008.    

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Freshman Dem Rep. Dahlkemper loses

Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-Pa.) lost her reelection bid Tuesday. A Republican campaign target, the freshman Democrat was facing a tough race against GOP opponent Mike Kelly.

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GOP takes retiring Rep. Stupak's seat

Republican surgeon Dan Benishek — a Tea Party favorite without political experience — has defeated Democratic state Rep. Gary McDowell to replace retiring Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.). Stupak has held the seat for 18 years, but announced his retirement after a tough healthcare reform debate that put him at the center of attention over his opposition to abortion provisions. 

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Rep. Space, who voted against healthcare, loses

Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio) lost his reelection bid Tuesday. The sophomore Democrat was defeated by Republican Bob Gibbs.

Union support for Space was divided because of his vote against the healthcare reform bill. The AFL-CIO campaigned for him, but the Service Employees International Union told its members not to vote for him.

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Georgia Dem who pledged vote against Pelosi loses reelection bid

Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.), who was one of the first Democrats to proclaim that he wouldn't support Nancy Pelosi again for House Speaker, lost reelection to Republican Austin Scott. 

One of Marshall's final campaign ads showed the centrist Democrat brandishing his license to jokingly prove he wasn't Nancy Pelosi.  

Fellow Georgia Democratic Reps. Sanford Bishop and John Barrow are still fighting for electoral survival. 


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Dem leadership team in Maryland wins reelection

A pair of House Democratic leaders won reelection Tuesday. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will be back on Capitol Hill next year.

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Dems keep Kilpatrick's old seat in Michigan

Democrats held on to an open House seat in Michigan's 13th district on Tuesday. Hansen Clarke, who defeated Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) in the party's primary earlier this year, won the seat.

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GOP leader Boehner wins reelection

House GOP leader John Boehner (Ohio) won reelection Tuesday. The ten-term congressman will likely be the next House Speaker if Republicans take control of the lower chamber as expected.

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Dem Rep. Cohen survives

Two-term Rep. Steve Cohen (D) defeated Republican challenger Charlotte Bergmann Tuesday in Tennessee's 9th congressional district. It was an easy victory for the Democrat in Tennessee's smallest — and most liberal — district. 

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