House races

House races

GOP takes Rep. Obey's district in Wisconsin

In one of the nation's most expensive open seat contests this election year, Republican Sean Duffy has taken the seat held by retiring Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.) for some 40 years. 

Duffy defeated Democrat Julie Lassa Tuesday in a race that attracted millions of dollars in spending from both the NRCC and DCCC, as well as conservative-leaning outside groups. 


Freshman Dem Markey loses

Colorado Republican Cory Gardner, a state lawmaker, has unseated freshman Democratic Rep. Betsy Markey to take the state's conservative-leaning Fourth District, which occupies the eastern quarter of the state. 

Markey had won her seat in 2008 with 56 percent of the vote, but her support for the Democrats' health reform law and economic stimulus bill proved unpopular with voters in the district, where there are 40,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats.

GOP keep Rep. Kirk's seat

Republicans kept Rep. Mark Kirk's (R-Ill.) seat, a district Democrats were expected to win. Republican Robert Dold beat Democrat Daniel Seals. Kirk won President Obama's former Senate seat.


Two vulnerable New York Dems lose

Rep. John Hall (D-N.Y.) lost his reelection bid Tuesday. The sophomore Democrat was defeated by Republican Nan Hayworth.

Another vulnerable New York Democrat, Rep. Michael Arcuri, also lost. The freshman lawmaker was defeated by Republican Richard Hanna.


House Armed Services Committee Chairman loses reelection

Longtime Rep. and Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) has lost his reelection bid to Republican Vicky Hartzler.   

Skelton is the second prominent Democratic Committee Chairman to lose Tuesday. House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.) lost his reelection bid as well. 

Another two prominent subcommittee chairmen lost their bids for reelection Tuesday--Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas), who chaired the Appropriations subcommittee and Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), who chaired the subcommittee on Energy and Commerce. 


Former GOP Rep. Bass wins old seat

Former Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) has retaken his old House seat. Bass defeated Democrat Ann McLane Kuster, a favorite of liberal groups, to represent New Hampshire's second district once again.


N.C. Dem caught in confrontation with students loses reelection

In one of the night's biggest upsets so far, Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) was defeated by Republican challenger Renee Ellmers.

Etheridge's race gained some brief national attention earlier this year after a video of the congressman in a confrontation with two students hit YouTube. 

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Ellmers in August and the race made national news again in September when the Republican released a campaign ad labeling the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero in New York, a "victory mosque."


GOP wins former Rep. Massa's seat

Republican Tom Reed has won former Rep. Eric Massa's (D-N.Y.) seat. Massa resigned earlier this year after facing allegations of acting inappropriately with his staff. Reed beat Democrat Matt Zeller to take the seat.