How Republicans who voted against ObamaCare repeal fared in midterms

How Republicans who voted against ObamaCare repeal fared in midterms
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Twenty House Republicans broke with their party last year and voted against the GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, a measure that Democrats used to hammer vulnerable Republicans in the campaign this year.

Four of those Republicans still lost on Tuesday, despite a move to blunt one of Democrats’ most potent attacks. But nine Republicans, about half, ended up winning.

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Another six retired and so were not up for reelection. Several of them were likely to lose their races if they had run.

Some of the Republicans who won used their votes against ObamaCare repeal last year to show their independence from their party.

Rep. David JoyceDavid Patrick JoyceOvernight Health Care: How Republicans who voted against ObamaCare repeal fared in midterms | Cummings may call in drug companies | FDA to ban sale of flavored e-cigarettes: report How Republicans who voted against ObamaCare repeal fared in midterms Dems seek to rebuild blue wall in Rust Belt contests MORE (R-Ohio), for example, ran an ad in which he said: “When Republican leaders in Congress tried to take away protections for pre-existing conditions, I said 'no.' ”

Voting "no" on last year’s bill did not stop Democrats from attacking these lawmakers on health care entirely, though.

Some Democratic ads, like one against Rep. Leonard LanceLeonard LanceNew Jersey New Members 2019 Defeated Republicans mocked by Trump fire back at president Dem wins leave behind a more conservative GOP conference MORE (R-N.J.), simply cited his votes to repeal ObamaCare in previous years.

Three of the nine Republicans who voted against the GOP ObamaCare repeal bill but won on Tuesday were also conservatives who opposed the bill from the right and did not face competitive reelection races.

Here is the full breakdown of how the 20 Republicans who voted "no" on repeal last year fared:

WON (9)

Andy Biggs (Ariz.)

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David Joyce (Ohio)

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Michael Turner (Ohio)

LOST (4)

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Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockVirginia New Members 2019 Defeated Republicans mocked by Trump fire back at president GOP lawmaker defends Mia Love from Trump attacks: 'I was disgusted when I heard it' MORE (Va.)

Dan Donovan (N.Y.)

Leonard Lance (N.J.)

RETIRED (6)

Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloPennsylvania New Members 2019 Juan Williams: Trump's hostile takeover of the GOP Dem wins leave behind a more conservative GOP conference MORE (Pa.)

Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentPennsylvania New Members 2019 Dem wins leave behind a more conservative GOP conference How Republicans who voted against ObamaCare repeal fared in midterms MORE (Pa.)

Frank LoBiondoFrank Alo LoBiondoNew Jersey New Members 2019 How Republicans who voted against ObamaCare repeal fared in midterms Democrat Jeff Van Drew wins in New Jersey district MORE (N.J.)

Patrick Meehan (Pa.)

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Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenFlorida New Members 2019 House GOP returns to Washington after sobering midterm losses Dem wins leave behind a more conservative GOP conference MORE (Fla.)

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