Election Update: Takeaways from Tuesday’s Votes

GOP maintains lead in several districts, but Democrats seem to be strengthening their position to win control of the House.

8/8/2018 11:00 AM

Election Update: Takeaways from Tuesday’s Votes

Several federal primaries and special elections Tuesday leading up to the midterm elections in November have sent a warning signal to the Republican leadership that the House is definitely in play.

Political pundits from coast to coast were closely monitoring the outcome of the special election in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. It may be a good illustration of what we’ll see in the midterm elections with typically safe Republican seats moving to battleground races. Democrats have also taken an early lead in raising campaign cash for battleground House seats.

Missouri Democrat incumbent Lacy Clay secured his place in the general election over 1st District opponent Cori Bush.

“With 57 percent of precincts reporting, Clay led Bush 58 percent to 35 percent when The Associated Press called the race,” according to an article from Roll Call.

Currently, Republicans hold a 236-193 majority in the House of Representatives, with six vacancies. Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats to reach a majority in 2018. Because the majority of the House districts are currently drawn to favor one party or the other, large shifts are unlikely.

However, if Democrats take control of the House, Clay is likely to assume the role of chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, which has jurisdiction over the body of federal law governing depository financial institutions and the provision of consumer credit.

Takeaways from Tuesday also include a possible struggle for GOP control in the suburban districts of Ohio.

The Hill reports the GOP had leads in many races, but Democrats made progress in Ohio, especially in the 12th District House special election between Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor.

“There are 68 other GOP-held seats that are more favorable for Democrats than Ohio's 12th District. Of those seats, [President Donald] Trump won 45 by a smaller margin than in Ohio. And the other 23 seats are held by Republicans but won by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election,” The Hill reports. “Democrats are playing in a large swath of those seats, which are more than enough to target in their battle to take back the House this fall.”

Meanwhile, Kansas saw a close race in the 3rd District Democratic House primary between Brent Welder and Sharice Davids. Davids ultimately prevailed with 37.3 percent of the votes over Welder, with 33.9 percent, according to results published by The New York Times.

In Michigan, Democrat candidate for governor Abdul El-Sayed lost in the primaries to Gretchen Whitmer, who previously served in the state Senate.

Read coverage in The Hill for updates on the close races and other takeaways from key races Tuesday.

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