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
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke