Skip to comments.State of the 2020 U.S. House Elections
Posted on 10/10/2020 6:27:38 PM PDT by Coop
There are 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. As of today the House make-up consists of 232 Democrats, 197 Republicans, 1
traitor Libertarian (Amash), and 5 vacancies (Republicans: Graves, GA-14; Meadows, NC-11; Ratcliffe, TX-04; Hunter, CA-50; Democrat Lewis, GA-05). Lets assume all the vacant seats remain with their respective parties, and Amash votes with the Democrats. Thats 234 Ds to 201 Rs. The GOP needs a net gain of 17 seats to retire Nancy Pelosi as speaker. All 435 seats are up for re-election every two years, on even years. But only a small percentage are considered competitive. This year Ballotpedia assesses that less than 10% of races are considered battlegrounds.
At the beginning of this year there were 31 Democrats sitting in House districts that Trump won. After witnessing the disgraceful impeachment debacle, NJ-02s Rep. Jeff Van Drew quit his shameful party and joined the GOP. Trump won Jeffs R+1 district by 5 points. So now we have 30 Dems in Trump districts, and only 3 Republicans in districts won by Clinton.
As you look at the chart below, keep in mind that there are other competitive races not on this list. One example is GOP Rep. Don Bacon in NE-02, who barely won in 2016 & 2018 in a slight Trump-leaning district. Tom Kean Jr. is trying to flip NJ-07, a district Hillary won by a point, but that McCain-disciple Romney won by over 6 points in 2012. I am hopeful that readers of this thread will chime in with information on other competitive Congressional races (info on fundraising, voter registration, endorsements, events, and [sigh] okay, even polls). 😊
GOP advantages are the numbers shown below (30 Trump-district Dem seats to defend vs. 3 Clinton-district GOP seats), as well as having Trump on the top of the ticket (unlike 2018 when we lost most of these seats). The GOP disadvantage is most of these Democrats are incumbents and very well funded. There are two open seats (no incumbent) in the below tables: IA-02 and TX-23. GOP candidates running in swing states will benefit from Trump & RNC money & get-out-the-vote operations. Republicans running in states like NJ and NY will need more of their own campaign money & hopefully NRCC funding.
The Cook partisan voting index (PVI) shows how a district leans, right or left, based on previous elections. WI-03 is rated as even on the Cook scale, meaning it is as down the middle as a district can get. R+2 means a district is about two points more Republican than WI-03, and D+7 means a district is about 7 point more Democratic than WI-03. Cook ratings for PA-08 and PA-17 are marked with question marks due to redistricting (these districts didnt exist in this form during the last POTUS election, and I was finding conflicting information).
|State/District||2016 Trump Margin||Cook Rating||Republican Candidate|
|AZ-01||4 pts||R+2||Tiffany Shedd|
|GA-06||1.5 pts||R+8||Karen Handel|
|IL-14||< 4 pts||R+5||Jim Oberweis|
|IL-17||0.7 pts||D+3||Esther J. King*|
|IA-01||3.5 pts||D+1||Ashley Hinson|
|IA-02 (open)||4 pts||D+1||Mariannette Miller-Meeks*|
|IA-03||3.5 pts||R+1||Former Rep. David Young|
|ME-02||>10 pts||R+2||Dale Crafts|
|MI-08||<7 pts||R+4||Paul Junge|
|MI-11||>3 pts||R+4||Eric Esshaki|
|MN-02||>1 pt||R+2||Tyler Kistner*|
|MN-07||<31 pts||R+12||LtGov Michelle Fischbach|
|NV-03||1 pt||R+2||Big Dan Rodimer|
|NH-01||1.6 pts||R+2||Matt Mowers|
|NJ-03||>6 pts||R+2||David Richter|
|NJ-05||1 pt||R+3||Frank Pallotta|
|NJ-11||<1 pt||R+3||Rosemary Becchi|
|NM-02||~10 pts||R+6||Yvette Herrell|
|NY-11||<10 pts||R+3||Nicole Malliotakis|
|NY-19||<7 pts||R+2||Kyle Van De Water*|
|NY-22||<15 pts||R+6||Former Rep. Claudia Tenney|
|OK-05||~13 pts||R+10||Stephanie Bice|
|PA-08||<10 pts||???||Jim Bognet|
|PA-17||2.6 pts||???||Sean Parnell*|
|SC-01||13 pts||R+10||Nancy Mace|
|UT-04||<7 pts||R+13||NFL player Burgess Owens|
|VA-02||3.4 pts||R+3||Former Rep. Scott Taylor*|
|VA-07||6.5 pts||R+6||Nick Freitas*|
|WI-03||4.5 pts||Even||Derrick Van Orden*|
|State/District||2016 Trump Margin||Cook Rating||Republican Candidate|
|NY-24||-3.6 pts||D+3||Rep. John Katko|
|PA-01||-2 pts||D+2||Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick|
|TX-23 (open)||-3.4 pts||R+1||Tony Gonzales*|
Did you notice all the vibrant female Republican candidates? Not bad for a supposed party of old white men, huh? LOL We also have some exciting black candidates such as Burgess Owens, UT-04, and Kimberly Klacik in MD-07, Latina/Latino contenders and a first generation American by way of Iraq. The GOP also has (at least) two physically handicapped candidates in Dale Crafts (ME-02, above) and Madison Cawthorn, NC-11. Whether these diverse candidates win or lose, theyre changing the egregiously biased media Republicans are all white males narrative. Running on GOP tickets we also have plenty of military veterans, which this veteran thinks we need more of in Congress.
What can you do to help retire Nancy?
Finally, theres a lot of data entry involved in those tables above, plus a few paragraphs. I apologize for any errors and would encourage readers to point them out so I dont inadvertently give folks the wrong information or impression.
If President Trump performs as well as I anticipate this election, I believe his coattails have a good shot of swiping that gavel from Nancy Pelosis fist.
We need to get the House back and hold the Senate for sure...
Where are the Orange Co Ca districts? They were stolen in 2018, but I hope the Republicans have learned how to harvest.
Boy I hope so.
Illinois 14th District.
Good work, thanks a lot.
The problem is that Republican play by the rules. All ballots harvested by Republicans will be counted and not tampered with prior to the count. The Democrats have a history of cheating. They will toss out some ballots and tamper with others.
“Evil always wins because good is dumb.”
If we can convert just the 24 seats that are in R+x districts, that should be enough to flip the House and give Nancy the boot.
PA-17 is occupied by Rat Connor Lamb. He acts like some sort of moderate, but votes in lockstep. They gerrymandered a district for him prior to the 2018 midterms.
His district looks like it’d be solid red, but Beaver County isn’t all that populated and they made sure enough of Pittsburgh’s voters (overwhelmingly D) are present to insure that Lamb has an advantage.
There was a poll recently where Sean Parnell, Lamb’s opponent, was only trailing Lamb by a few points. That’s encouraging. Earlier this year, it was supposed to be a Lamb route. The Dems have dumped over $2M into this race ... They might be a little worried that the mask has fallen off of Lamb and people are seeing him as another vapid, empty suit communist controlled by Pelosi.
Coop what do you think of Kim Kisleack in Baltimore she is working her heart out!! Does she have a chance??
Malliotakis(i) is looking good in the Cook Report.
I am in CA. also the Dems will have a harder time harvesting all of our universities are CLOSED!! The state went to complete mail in voting which has me very worried we did get the seat back from the special election of Katie Hill ALWAYS been a very conservative district and STOLEN in 2018!, Special election pubbie took it back!! I had HIGH hopes until this business with ballots being mailed out everywhere not requested!! My mom received a ballot for my father who has been dead for 20 years!! Her neighbor purchased the house 2 years ago and he received 2 ballots for the previous owners!! I have very little hope in getting the seats back in CA. but I am PRAYING!!!
Thank you for posting this.
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