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: Appeals court strikes down Medicaid work requirements | Pelosi's staff huddles with aides on surprise billing | Senate Dems pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Health Care: Nevada union won't endorse before caucuses after 'Medicare for All' scrap | McConnell tees up votes on two abortion bills | CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case 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 LanceGun debate to shape 2020 races GOP fears Trump backlash in suburbs Bottom Line 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.)

Walter JonesWalter Beaman JonesExperts warn Georgia's new electronic voting machines vulnerable to potential intrusions, malfunctions Georgia restores 22,000 voter registrations after purge Stacey Abrams group files emergency motion to stop Georgia voting roll purge MORE (N.C.)

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Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDemocrats bullish on bill to create women's history museum: 'It's an election year' This week: Trump's budget lands with a thud on Capitol Hill House approves pro-union labor bill MORE (Pa.)

Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerPelosi: 'I tore up a manifesto of mistruth' DCCC unveils initial dozen candidates for 'Red to Blue' program DCCC to run ads tying 11 House Republicans to Trump remarks on entitlements MORE (Wash.)

David Joyce (Ohio)

John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoTech for Nevada caucuses under scrutiny after Iowa debacle Hillicon Valley: Judge approves T-Mobile, Sprint merger | FTC to review past Big Tech deals | State officials ask for more cybersecurity help | House nears draft bill on self-driving cars Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to combat cyberattacks on state and local governments MORE (N.Y.)

Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithHouse approves pro-union labor bill Pro-union bill draws 2020 battle lines Here's how we're winning the fight against human trafficking MORE (N.J.)

Michael Turner (Ohio)

LOST (4)

Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanBottom Line Koch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform MORE (Colo.)

Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockLive coverage: House holds third day of public impeachment hearings Gun debate raises stakes in battle for Virginia legislature Progressives face steep odds in ousting incumbent Democrats MORE (Va.)

Dan Donovan (N.Y.)

Leonard Lance (N.J.)

RETIRED (6)

Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloFormer GOP Rep. Costello launches lobbying shop Head of Pennsylvania GOP resigns over alleged explicit texts Lobbying world MORE (Pa.)

Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentThe biggest political upsets of the decade Ex-GOP lawmaker: Former colleagues privately say they're 'disgusted and exhausted' by Trump Overnight Health Care — Presented by Better Medicare Alliance — Federal judge blocks Trump from detaining migrant children indefinitely | Health officials tie vaping-related illnesses to 'Dank Vapes' brand | Trump to deliver health care speech in Florida MORE (Pa.)

Frank LoBiondoFrank Alo LoBiondo Democratic challenger on Van Drew's party switch: 'He betrayed our community' Trump announces Van Drew will become a Republican in Oval Office meeting Van Drew, set to switch parties, will vote as a Democrat on impeachment MORE (N.J.)

Patrick Meehan (Pa.)

Dave ReichertDavid (Dave) George ReichertBottom Line The most expensive congressional races of the last decade Lymphedema Treatment Act would provide a commonsense solution to a fixable problem MORE (Wash.)

Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR Former GOP Rep. Walters joins energy company MORE (Fla.)

TOO CLOSE TO CALL (1)

Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdTrump to attend California fundraiser with Oracle chairman The Hill's Morning Report - Nearing witness vote, GOP rushes to acquit Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump defense rests, GOP struggles to bar witnesses MORE (Texas)