How did we do in the House? It’ll be a while before we get the full answer. But here’s a rundown of a few key races. The GOP picked off 11 Democratic districts so far, while the Dems picked off 22, for a net gain of 11 so far (some districts remain un-called). The GOP will maintain control with at least 230 seats, which will likely make things complicated for President Obama. The latest estimate has the GOP with 232 and the Democrats with 187, with the rest still up for grabs. Some of these races were incredibly close.
In CA-09, it looks like Ami Bera has finally knocked off deep conservative Dan Lungren – by 200 votes.
Mike McIntyre held on to NC-07 by less than 400 votes.
Patrick Murphy picked off gadly/loon Allen West by 1400 votes.
In New York’s Hudson Valley, Nan Hayworth got knocked off by Dem Sean Maloney by just over 8,000 votes.
The right-leaning Blue Dog Democratic caucus continues the process of decimation that saw it lose more than half its members in 2010
Ben Chandler lost in Kentucky, as did Leonard Boswell in Iowa
Larry Kissell lost in North Carolina, as did Heath Shuler’s chief of staff, who lost heavily trying to succeed his retiring boss.
But Dem Jim Matheson held on, despite expectations, in deep red Utah.
And Blue Dog Coalition chair John Barrow of Georgia managed to hold on to remain the only white male Democrat elected to Congress from the deep South.
And some great new reps will be coming to Washington, including
Tammy Duckworth, an Army vet who lost both her legs in Iraq, who beat deadbeat dad Joe Walsh.
Joseph P. Kennedy III, grandson of Bobby Kennedy, will take over the MA seat vacated by the retiring Barney Frank.
Here’s our rundown of the tightest races. “Tossup/lean/etc” indicates a consensus of where the seat stood going into the election; bold indicates the winner, * indicates party holding the seat going in.
Jeremy Bloom Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.