When a win isn't a win: House Democratic gains may not equal victory
November 20th, 2012
03:04 PM ET
2 years ago

When a win isn't a win: House Democratic gains may not equal victory

(CNN) – Two weeks after President Barack Obama's re-election, the "Blue" map keeps expanding as the last few "too close to call" congressional races break for Democrats.

They have won six of the seven seats in the U.S. House of Representatives that were undecided on Election Night with only Rep. Mike McIntyre's North Carolina result still subject to recount. A win there would push Democrats to 200 seats in the chamber compared with 234 for majority Republicans.

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  1. Tommy G

    It is called being in the MINORITY Democrats! Live with it!! Get over it!! Deal with it!!! Let's see if the clueless wonder in the Whitehouse has truly learned how to lead instead of bluster and bully like a tin pot dictator.

    November 20, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. John

    Gains in Senate, House , and presidency....sounds like a landslide to me!

    November 20, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Larry in Houston

    this will certainly change in 2014 -

    November 20, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. just sayin

    >Larry in Houston
    >this will certainly change in 2014 -

    delusional. democrats lost big in the last midterm election. expect the same, especially with the obama fiscal cliff nd recession at hand. obamacare disaster hitting, people losing their healthcare. democrats will be lucky to have 150 seats. good part is you'll finally dump pelosi, ten years too late.

    November 20, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    It would appear that right wing attempts at voter suppression may have been far more effective against their own base, than it was against its' intended targets.

    November 20, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. John the Historian

    The party of the Christian Right is going down to defeat. The USA is the only country without national health care. It is coming, even Judge Roberts feels it is inevitable. No to Wall Street bonuses and corruption. Republicans need to learn the 1950s are over.The God of Joseph Smith has been defeated and now comes the Christian Right.

    November 20, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    While the Dems may not have won enough seats to retake the House they made inroads this year, and if the tighty righties don't work with him the Dems will take more seats in 2014. By 2016 they'll own it all.

    November 20, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Thanks to gerrymandering, voter suppression, hate and fear, the republicans held on to the house despite getting less popular votes than their democratic counter parts. In 2014, when the GOP governors are sent packing, the corrections will be made.

    November 20, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Wilson

    Hmmm lefty's keep mentioning voter suppression and lack of voter fraud. Try goodling all the districts that had zero romney votes. I could understand one or two, but 59+ , that stretches credibility.

    November 20, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Wilson

    " goodling"
    Make that "googling," man I hate typos.

    November 20, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    There is essentially no change, since the election. We still have a dictator in the WH, who controls the Senate, and we still have conservatives in the Congress, where the people still have a real voice.

    That's a stalemate. Any way you want to cut it.

    November 20, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Tommy G

    >Wire Palladin, S. F
    >Thanks to gerrymandering,

    a Democrat invention and now Republcians play by the rules YOU made.

    >voter suppression,

    ??? but obama won, so how can that be? too much koolaide maybe?

    >hate and fear,

    Pretty much sums up Obama's entire campaign, even before Romney was nominated. They said they had to destroy him personally and ran a nonstop campaqign of character assassination, aided by their LSM comrades.

    >the republicans held on to the house despite getting less popular votes than their democratic counter parts.

    huh??? elections are district by district idiot. trying to concoct some bizarre relationship where none exists? definitely too much koolaide there sonny.

    >In 2014, when the GOP governors are sent packing, the corrections will be made.

    hahahaha.... don't quite understand how it all works now do you?!! typical ignorant democrat. districts are redrawn after a census, every 10 years. your stupidity is showing, nothing new there.

    November 20, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    What CNN sweeps carefully under the rug: Dems running for the House received far FAR more of the popular vote than GOPers running for the House. it's all in the gerrymander...which is fine, because that's how the game is played, but failing to recognzie and admit that and instead trying desperately to help the GOP claim that there is no "mandate" for the Dems to govern is patently disingenuous. CNN desperately needs the gridlock, however, because it's far easier to sensationalize and sell that kind of controversy.

    November 20, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "It is called being in the MINORITY Democrats! Live with it!! Get over it!! Deal with it!!! Let's see if the clueless wonder in the Whitehouse has truly learned how to lead instead of bluster and bully like a tin pot dictator."

    You sound like an angry tween throwing a tantrum when told to mow the lawn and wash the dishes. GROW. UP. PANSY.

    November 20, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You're missing the point here, President Obama will be picking three (3) new Justices. Amen.

    November 20, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    ">the republicans held on to the house despite getting less popular votes than their democratic counter parts.

    huh??? elections are district by district idiot. trying to concoct some bizarre relationship where none exists? definitely too much koolaide there sonny."

    Pr tip: Know what you're talking about before shouting people down and insulting them. He was 100% correct, junior. All you managed to do was highlight that you haven't the first freekin clue what you're ranting about. Kudos.

    November 20, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. WayneMer

    Go ahead and run, waste your time and the time of your supporters in a failed attempt to gain national relevance – just like your father failed in each of his campaigns for national office. Bottom line – the Libertarian philosophy does not resonate with the majority of the American people.

    November 20, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |