Dems Go 0-5 for Red Open House Seats… But the GOP Should...

Dems Go 0-5 for Red Open House Seats… But the GOP Should Be Worried


Millions were spent, thousands voted.  But the Democrats went 5-0 on red seats that were left vacant by Trump appointees. 

GA-06 — (Price) Winner: Handel by 9,702 / 51-48
GA-06 — (Price) (runoff) Osoff barely loses chance to win seat straight away. 

SC-05 — (Mulvaney) Winner: Norman by  2,836 / 51-47
KS-04 — (Pompeo) Winner: Estes by 8,195 votes / 52-45
MT-AL — (Zinke) Winner: Gianforte by 22,990  / 50-44

The bad news for Democrats is that they just lost five straight contests in a row as Donald Trump rides a 38% approval rating with a Russia investigation going on in the background.

The good news for Democrats is that they’re coming a hell of a lot closer to winning in red Republican seats than they should be. All of these seats should have been blowouts for the Republicans. Look at the numbers above.  How did South Carolina’s 5th congressional seat have a 51-45 contest?

The makeup of the 435 member U.S. House will soon be will soon be 241 Republicans and 194 Democrats.  Montana Republican Greg Gianforte will be sworn in later today despite his assault on a reporter on the day of his election.  He later apologized.  

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for and Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: Instagram: LVB325.