House races

House races

Two vulnerable Pennslyvania Dems keep seats

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.

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Freshman Dem who switched healthcare vote loses reelection

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. 

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Republicans hold Rep. Blunt's seat

Republican Billy Long, a newcomer to politics, defeated Democrat Scott Eckersley on Tuesday to take the seat being vacated by seven-term GOP Rep. Roy Blunt (Mo.), who won a trip to the Senate earlier in the evening. 

Earlier in the day, a fake e-mail blast had claimed that Eckersley had dropped out of the race — an episode causing the Democrat's attorney to file a complaint with the Justice Department, according to local press. 

Blunt will replace retiring GOP Sen. Kit Bond.
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Dem who led push for 'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal loses reelection

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.  

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GOP picks up Louisiana House seat

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).

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Dems gain Louisiana House seat

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.

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Blue Dog Dem Childers loses

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.). 

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