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.
Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.) lost his reelection bid Tuesday. A voter for the healthcare reform bill, Carney was defeated by Republican Tom Marino.
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.
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.