'No' vote on healthcare reform not helping Democrats seeking reelection

Four House Democrats who voted against their party's healthcare reform law had already lost reelection by 10 p.m., and many more were expected to follow suit before night's end.

And Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), who first voted for the law and later against the healthcare reconciliation bill when her vote wasn't as vital, has lost reelection to Republican Rep. John BoozmanJohn Nichols BoozmanThe job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid VA chief pressed on efforts to prevent veteran suicides MORE.

Democratic Reps. Lincoln Davis (Tenn.), Chet Edwards (Texas), Glenn Nye (Va.) and Rick Boucher (Va.) had clearly lost by 10 p.m. In all, as many as 27 of the 34 Democrats who voted against the president's healthcare overhaul could lose their seats in the midterm elections, according to a review of The Cook Political Report's Nov. 1 list of competitive House seats.


And Democrats could lose yet more seats previously held by healthcare reform foes.

For example, the Democrat running to replace retiring Rep. John Tanner (Tenn.), Roy Herron, has already lost to Republican Stephen FincherStephen Lee FincherTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Lamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE

In Arkansas, retiring Rep. Marion Berry's (D) chosen replacement, Chad Causey, is trailing badly behind Republican Rick CrawfordRichard (Rick) CrawfordThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry House Republicans add Jordan to Intel panel for impeachment probe Republican Congressman: DNI Nominee committed to declassification transparency MORE. Berry, a yes vote the first time around, voted against the healthcare reform bill in March out of concerns it wasn't clear enough on abortion and did too little to control costs.

Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.) also left his seat wide open when he retired to run for the Senate. Republican Jeff Landry is ahead of Democrat Ravi Sangisetty in that race. (Meanwhile, in the Senate race, Melancon was badly trailing incumbent Republican Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterRed-state governor races put both parties on edge Louisiana Republicans score big legislative wins Trump calls on Republicans to vote out Democratic Louisiana governor amid GOP infighting MORE.)

Only Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Daniel Lipinski (Ill.) and Collin Peterson (Minn.) were expected to easily coast to reelection. And Democrat Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellSenate must take up Voting Rights Advancement Act without delay The missing piece of the current health care debate House passes bill meant to restore Voting Rights Act MORE is considered a shoo-in to replace Rep. Artur Davis (Ala.), who resigned to run for governor and lost in the Democratic primary.