Democrats Pick Up More Seats in Pivotal House Contests

By Patrick Goodenough | November 6, 2018 | 8:23 PM EST

Precinct workers wait on voters to cast ballots in Iowa’s Madison County on November 6, 2018. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)

(Updated at 2:30 AM eastern)

( –  The Democratic Party needs a net gain of 23 seats to wrest control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans.  As of early Wednesday morning it looked to be on track to achieve that.

Pivotal contests include:


In Arizona's 2nd district, the Democrats' Ann Kirkpatrick was projected to beat GOP rival Lea Marquez Peterson to take a seat formerly held by Republican Rep. Martha McSally, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

In Colorado's 6th district, Republican incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman was facing defeat at the hands of former Army ranger Jason Crow, behind by nine points with 86 percent of precincts reporting.

In Florida's 26th district,  Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo lost by one point to Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

In Florida's 27th district,  Democrat Donna Shalala, former Health and Human Services Secretary, beat Maria Elvira Salazar, a former broadcast journalist, to take the seat formerly held by Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

In Illinois' 6th district, six-term GOP Rep. Peter Roskam lost his seat to Democrat Sean Casten, by six points.

In Illinois' 14th district, Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren lost his seat to Democratic challenger Lauren Underwood, by four points.

In Iowa's 1st district, Republican incumbent Rep. Rod Blum was beaten by Democrat Abby Finkenauer by five points.

In Iowa's 3rd district,  Republican incumbent Rep. David Young lost his seat to Democrat Cindy Axne by two points.

In Minnesota's 2nd district, Republican incumbent Rep. Jason Lewis lost to Democrat Angie Craig, by five points.

In Minnesota’s 3rd district, Democratic challenger Dean Phillips defeated incumbent Rep. Erik Paulsen by 11 points.

In New Jersey's 7th district, Republican incumbent Leonard Lance lost his seat to Democrat Tom Malinowski, a former human rights official in the Obama State Department, by two points (96 percent of precincts reporting).

In New York’s 19th district, Republican incumbent Rep. John Faso was projected to lose to Democrat Antonio Delgado, two points ahead with 94 percent of precincts reporting.

In Texas' 7th district, nine-term GOP Rep. John Culberson was defeated by Democrat Lizzie Fletcher, by four points.

In Texas' 32nd district, GOP Rep. Pete Sessions was defeated by Democrat Colin Allred by six points.

In Virginia's 2nd district, Republican Rep. Scott Taylor lost his seat to Democratic businesswoman Elaine Luria, by one percentage point.

In Virginia's 7th district, Republican Rep. Dave Brat lost his seat by one point to Democratic challenger Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA officer.

In Virginia's 10th district, Democrat Jennifer Wexton, a state senator, flipped the seat for her party, beating GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock by ten points.


In Kentucky's 6th district, GOP incumbent Rep. Andy Barr held onto his seat, defeating Democratic challenger Amy McGrath by about three points.

In Florida's 6th district, in the contest for former Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis’ seat, the GOP’s Michael Waltz beat Nancy Soderberg, a former Clinton era diplomat, by 13 points.

In Florida's 15th district, Republican Ross Spano beat Democrat Kristen Carlson by six points, to win the seat vacated by former Republican Rep. Dennis Ross.

In Pennsylvania's 10th district,  Democratic challenger George Scott was defeated by Republican incumbent Rep. Scott Perry by three points.


In Pennsylvania's 5th district, Democrat Mary Scanlon beat the GOP’s Kim Pearl by 30 points.

In Pennsylvania's 6th district,  Democrat Chrissy Houlahan defeated the GOP’s Greg McCauley by 17 points.

In Pennsylvania's 17th district, Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus lost the seat in the newly-drawn district to Democrat Rep. Conor Lamb by 13 points.


Georgia's 6th district:  GOP Rep. Karen Handel is up against Democrat Lucy McBath, in a race in which gun control has featured prominently (McBath’s teenage son was shot dead in a 2012 dispute at a Jacksonville gas station.) With all precincts reporting, Handel was ahead by fewer than 100 votes and the race had yet to be called.

New York’s 22nd district: In another closely-fought contest, Republican incumbent Rep. Claudia Tenney was running less than 1,500 votes behind Democratic challenger Anthony Brindisi, a New York State Assembly member.

Patrick Goodenough
Patrick Goodenough
Spencer Journalism Fellow

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