Two vulnerable House Democrats in Pennslyvania kept their seats Tuesday. After coming under heavy Republican fire, both Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz won reelection. Altmire voted against the healthcare reform bill, while Critz campaigned against it while running in his special-election bid to fill the late Rep. John Murtha's (D-Pa.) seat.
Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio), who held a now-infamous news conference to announce his vote switch in favor of the final healthcare bill, lost his reelection bid by a large margin Tuesday to Republican Jim Renacci.
Citing cost concerns, Boccieri voted against an early version of healthcare reform, but for the final version after heavy lobbying from the Democratic leadership.
At his final campaign rally in Cleveland last week, President Obama called Boccieri "one of my favorite congressmen."
With 85 percent of the vote in, Boccieri hasn't cracked 40 percent of the vote against Renacci.
Rep. Phil Hare (D-Ill.) lost his reelection bid Tuesday. The sophomore Democrat was defeated by Republican Bobby Schilling.
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) won his reelection bid Tuesday. Earning
national attention for yelling, "You lie!" during President Obama's
September 2009 address on healthcare reform to Congress, the five-term
House member beat Democrat Rob Miller.
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), who led the push in the House to repeal the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, lost his reelection bid Tuesday to former Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).
Murphy, the first Iraq war veteran to serve in Congress, forcefully argued from his spot on the House Armed Services Committee to change the policy banning gay soldiers from serving openly in the military.
Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district is one of the nation's consummate swing districts, taking in a good part of Philadelphia's suburbs. Murphy's loss not only tracks with what is shaping up to be a big Republican wave, it signals some potential trouble for Rep. Joe Sestak (D) in the Senate race.
In another GOP pickup, Jeff Landry will be a freshman House member next year. The Republican defeated Democrat Ravi Sangisetty to win the seat of Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.), who is running for the Senate against Sen. David Vitter (R).
Democrat Cedric Richmond won election in Louisiana’s 2nd District,
defeating first-term GOP Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao (La.). State
representative Richmond won the district, which includes New Orleans,
after pointing to Cao’s votes against the Democratic led economic
stimulus bill and healthcare measure. The district is one of the most Democratic in the country. Cao won after Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) faced indictment charges. The district was expected to be a Dem pickup.
Blue Dog Democratic Rep. Travis Childers (Miss.) lost a bid for a third term in Mississippi's 1st district on Tuesday, falling to Republican state Sen. Alan Nunnelee. Despite Childers's centrist voting record, Nunnelee had repeatedly linked his Democratic opponent to more liberal leaders in the party — notably Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Rep. Charlie Wilson (D) lost his reelection bid in Ohio's 6th congressional district, according to AP projections.