The Cinderella Races
This election the House races have pretty much been ignored while most Americans focus on the President and Senate races. Most political pundits agree that Democrats will not attain the 25 seats they need and, in fact projections indicate Republicans may gain seats. Regardless, many faces are likely to change thanks to redistricting.
California, Illinois and New York were the states where redistricting has the biggest impact. In California, there are at least eight incumbents in hotly contested races. Among the more vulnerable incumbents is Rep. Dan Lungren (R), a pro-life and pro-family conservative. This race has been overshadowed by the nasty race between Democrats Brad Sherman and Howard Berman.
The Democrats in Illinois used redistricting to their advantage to try and gain five seats in the House. Their efforts endangered Republicans Bobby Schilling and Joe Walsh. Both of these conservatives have had the fight of their careers, and their races are still considered toss-ups.
Several pro-life and pro-family stalwarts, who are constantly in Democrat crosshairs, are also fighting for their political lives. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's (R-Maryland) district was made inhospitable by the Democrats who controlled redistricting.
Two fighters for conservative causes are in the fight for their careers. Rep. Michele Bachmann is running against a self-funder, and her district is always difficult. Rep. Steve King's (R) district also became more Democrat. In addition, he is being challenged by former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack.
Thanks to redistricting, there are also several incumbent on incumbent races. In Iowa Rep. Tom Latham (R) is facing off against Tom Boswell. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) faces Pelosi crony Betty Sutton (D-Ohio).
The 2010 elections were a tsunami for Republicans. This election cycle, Republicans had a lot more seats to defend. At one point during the campaign, there was a number of freshman Republicans that were teetering on the edge. Now, it appears that only a few remain truly vulnerable. Included among those are Dan Benishek (R-Michigan), Ann Marie Buerkle (R-New York), Quico Canseco (R-Texas), Steve Southerland (R-Florida), and Scott Tipton (R-Colorado).
In Utah, Mia Love has the opportunity to capture the 4th Congressional District which is currently held by Rep. Jim Matheson (D). Matheson, a Blue Dog Democrat, has voted against repealing ObamaCare and defunding Planned Parenthood and has voted for hate crimes. Her conservative agenda will propel her victory, but if she wins, she will become the first black Republican woman elected to Congress.
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