House races

House races

Members of leadership staying safe

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) won reelection Tuesday. The House Majority Whip will likely be part of the new Democratic minority next Congress though.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) is coming back to Congress, too. Winning reelection, the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee played a big part in the GOP's successful election night.


GOP takes three of four key House races in Virginia

Rep. Glenn Nye (D-Va.) has fallen to Republican challenger Scott Rigell, the third win for the GOP out of four key House races in the state Tuesday.

Reps. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) and Rick Boucher (D-Va.) have already fallen to their Republican challengers, with Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) fighting to hang on. 

These four races were considered a key national barometer ahead of Tuesday. If Republicans sweep all four, it could signal a huge Republican wave in the House.  


Five-term Dem loses in Indiana

Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) lost his reelection bid Tuesday. Hill's race was closely watched because his defeat could be the first sign of a Republican wave election.


GOP picks up Ellsworth seat

The seat vacated by Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) in favor of a bid for Senate has gone to the GOP. 

As expected, Republican Larry Bucshon defeated Democrat Trent Van Haaften handily in the conservative leaning district. 

Ellsworth has lost his Senate bid to Republican Dan Coats.    


GOP picks up two Virginia House seats

In one of the first suprises of the night, Republicans picked up Rep. Rick Boucher's (D-Va.) seat. Republican Morgan Griffiths, the Virginia House majority leader, managed to unseat Boucher, who has held his office since 1983, by focusing his campaign on the Democrat’s vote for the cap-and-trade energy bill. The 9th District is home to a heavy coal industry, which Griffiths contended would stand to lose money under the legislation.

And Republican Robert Hurt won election to Virginia’s 5th District unseating Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) in one of the country’s most highly contested races. President Obama tried to boost Perriello’s standing last Friday with a rally in his hometown of Charlottesville — a move seen by some as risky due to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) gaining the support of the district in 2008’s presidential election.

-- This post was updated at 8:48 p.m.


Florida Dem who switched healthcare vote loses

Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-Fla.), who cast an early vote against healthcare before switching to vote in favor of the final version of the bill, lost her reelection bid Tuesday by a sizable margin.  

Republican Sandy Adams was pulling in more than 60 percent of the vote against Kosmas when the race was called.   

Several embattled Democrats fall into the same category as Kosmas on Tuesday, including longtime Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio) and Rep. Betsy Markey (D-Colo.). 

All three also cast votes against the initial version of the healthcare bill before voting in favor of the final measure after heavy lobbying from the Democratic leadership in the House.  


First Dem pickup in House

Democrat John Carney won election to Delaware's lone House seat Tuesday, an expected pick-up for the party.

That seat was held by the retiring Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) who lost to Christine O'Donnell in the state's Senate GOP primary earlier this year.


House GOP whip wins reelection

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) won reelection, as expected. If Republicans win control of the House, Cantor could become the next majority leader.