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House Democrats Gain 11 Seats, Lead in a Dozen More Races

Democrats picked up three more House seats in the past hour, bringing their net gain to 11 seats so far, but the party leads in 14 additional close races across the country. Meanwhile, Republicans flipped their third seat tonight in Texas’ 22nd district.

Democrats picked up New York’s 29th district with retired Navy officer Eric Massa’s (D) 4-point win over Rep. Randy Kuhl (R).

Democrats also picked up two House seats in New Mexico, with wins in the 1st and 2nd district open-seat races. Albuquerque City Councilor Martin Heinrich (D) and former Lea County Commissioner Harry Teague (D) will replace GOP Reps. Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce in Congress, respectively.

In a late-night conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) was cautiously optimistic about not losing nearly as many seats as some anticipated this cycle.

Cole commented that even with 30 open-seat races and a financial disadvantage compared to their Democratic counterparts, it appears that House Republicans’ losses would not be the 30-plus seats that many predicted.

“Having said that, we sort of got through this we think a little better than some people might have expected,” Cole said.

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