Tuesday, November 04, 2008

United States House Races Thread

This thread will serve to provide updates on the outcomes of the United States House races. A handy link to this post is on the upper right-hand corner of the blog, but I will probably keep promoting this post along with our other election threads to the top of the blog. For the sake of ease of reading, I'll skip the "Update" addendum that usually accompanies a change to the post, and just add information as we get it. Necessarily, we will only be following contested House races.

MSNBC is calling it for Murtha (whew!)

Texas: McCaul (R) will defeat challenger Democratic Larry Doherty for HD 10. Sadly, it's looking like Nick Lampson, who took over Tom DeLay's seat in 2006, will lose to Pete Olson. John Culberson (R) defeats challenger Michael Skelly.

Chris Shays, Connecticut's 22-year GOP incumbent, has lost. Democrats now hold all House seats from New England and New York.

John Adler (D) defeats Christ Myers in New Jersey to take the Republican open seat.

Tim Mahoney, successor to Mark Foley in Florida, has lost to his Republican challenger. But elsewhere in Florida, GOP incumbents Tom Feeney and Ric Keller have both lost.

In Illinois, Debbie Halvorson (d) has taken the seat vacated by its Republican incumbent.

In Minnesota, Republican Michelle Bachman held onto her seat despite sticking her foot all the way down her mouth and out her ass by calling for investigations into anti-American members of Congress. From here on out she will probably be more circumspect, thought probably not less idiotic.

Kissell defeats Republican incumbent Hays in North Carolina.

Gerry Connolly (D) succeeds retiring incumbent Tom Davis (R) in Virginia. The race between Goode (R) and Perriello (D) in southern Virginia is too close to call.

So far, Democrats have gained a net of 14 seats in the House. Not the stunning numbers of the 2006 mid-terms by any means, but increasing the majority in the House has never been as crucial as gaining a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and taking the White House.

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