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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Redskins quarterback Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) won reelection over his Republican opponent Jeff Miller on Tuesday night, denying the GOP a chance at a key pickup opportunity.
Shuler, a two-term congressman who represents the state's rural 11th district, fended off a tough challenge from Miller who attempted to tie him to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic policies. The congressman voted for the cap-and-trade energy bill but against the healthcare overhaul.
Shuler distanced himself from Democratic leaders, going so far as to say he may challenge Pelosi for Speaker in the next Congress should another suitable candidate not arise.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) won his reelection bid Tuesday. Usually in a very safe Democratic seat, the House Financial Services Committee chairman became a Republican target late in the 2010 campaign.
One of the most conservative Democrats in the House, Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.) was defeated handily by his Republican opponent Scott DesJarlais Tuesday.
It marks a big win for Republicans in a district that wasn't thought to be a top pick-up opportunity for the party earlier in the cycle.
It's also the third big win for the GOP in Tennessee Tuesday with the party already taking the seats of retiring Reps. Bart Gordon (D) and John Tanner (D).
Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) held off GOP challenger Elliot "Spike" Maynard to win an 18th term in West Virginia's coal-centered 3rd congressional district. Rahall, one of Capitol Hill's strongest coal-industry supporters, nonetheless had to fend off conservative attacks that he's aligned with liberal Democratic leaders on unpopular state issues like climate change.
Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas) lost his reelection bid Tuesday. The
ten-term congressman was defeated by Republican opponent Bill Flores. Edwards was on the VP short-list for 2008. Former President George W. Bush's Crawford ranch is in Edwards's district.
Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), who narrowly survived a Democratic primary challenge earlier this year, went down to defeat Tuesday at the hands of Republican Steve Southerland.
Boyd, a seven-term incumbent, was under heavy fire for his vote in favor of healthcare and was one of the National Republican Congressional Committee's top targets.
Boyd was one of several embattled Democrats who voted for the final version of healthcare after voting against an earlier version of the bill. He was also one of several longtime Democratic incumbents in the crosshairs Tuesday.