November 9th, 2010
11:47 AM ET
11 years ago

House election update

(CNN) – House Democrats had a disastrous Election Night, but they have been able to stop the bleeding so far when it comes to the races that were too close to call last week.

CNN Tuesday called two more races in favor of Democratic incumbents: Rep. Gerry Connolly from Virginia's 11th Congressional District and Rep. Rick Larsen from Washington's 2nd Congressional District.

Connolly defeated challenger Keith Fimian by a margin of 981 votes while Larsen bested challenger John Koster by just under 5,500 votes.

That means the total GOP gains in the House remains at 60 seats, exactly where it stood after Election Night when 13 House seats were undecided. Now, seven House races remain up in the air and they are all ones that feature Democratic incumbents.

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- CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2010 • House of Representatives
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    The areas that are die-hard Dem, will always vote Dem, no matter how things are going. That just shows how some people can only see one way.

    November 9, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    The tidal wave stopped when it hit the Liberal Stonghold Left Coast. Enjoy your 2 years GOP. The clock is ticking you can't just say no and sit back and do nothing any more.

    November 9, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. db

    That is one red map.

    November 9, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Looks like all that election fraud by the DemocRATS is tipping the balance in these close contests. No wonder they fight against common sense measures to prevent election fraud. Millions of illegals walking the streeets but we can't ask for an ID for people to vote??? WAKE UP AMERICA!!! Your elections are being stolen if you fail to protect the integrity of the voting system!!

    November 9, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Jackalope

    Yeah, the map looks red, but by and large, the red parts are the parts where hardly anybody lives.

    November 9, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. DJ in TX

    Hey Rick, what about the die hard GOP areas, like MS (my home state), AL, and GA. When is the last time you've seen Dems's in those states. You can now include Texas as well. Those ares (since Pres Johnson) have consistently been Red. So it goes both ways. You had areas that voted GOP when things were bad as well. Look at Boehner, DeMint, McCain, etc. How long have they been in office no matter what goes on.

    November 9, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    2012 it will be all Red

    November 9, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. KIM

    Yes.... the Dems are counting and recounting until the number comes up correct for them.

    November 9, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. betterdays

    With one notable recent exception, just about any election that drags on long enough is won by the Democrat... usually in "come from behind" fashion.

    November 9, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I agree with Bloomberg, most people can't read, believe everything they hear in the media and become instant genious of misinformation without facts.

    November 9, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Bill in California

    @Jackaloop YEAH, you keep drinking that Kool Aid and you'll be just fine.

    November 9, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Brandon

    How can the map be true. California has a Democratic stronghold, yet the map is ready. I do not understand that.

    November 9, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. "I Want My Country Back" Libs Go Home

    The Libs sound like my hometown hi school football team......they lost 11 out of 12 games this year and to hear the town talk you would think they were state champions! And of course...."the reason they lost the ones they lost was because the Refs cheated"...

    November 9, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Marcus

    Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on givin – Let me get this straight, if the Republicans wins there's nothing wrong with the election but if a Dem win its a stolen one? Sore loser or bad winner, which one are you?

    November 9, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |