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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:35 PM

Dems on track to pick up 7 House seats

Democrats went into the election with 193 seats, Republicans had 242

It's been difficult to find total numbers for Congress although it did seem that Dems picked up seats eg, both Mary Bono Mack and her Husband were defeated. In my District, Democrat Julia Brownley has defeated Repub Tony Strickland.

If this is accurate, Dems would now have 200 (maybe 201) seats and Repubs would have 235 (maybe 234).

Dems on track to pick up 7 House seats

Democrats appeared on track to net seven House seats, cutting into Speaker John Boehnerís Republican majority.

As of Wednesday morning, the Associated Press had called 192 seats for Democrats, and had them leading in another eight races that remain uncalled. The AP had called 232 seats for Republicans, and had them leading in two uncalled contests.

Democrats lead in the following races that remain uncalled:

See list at link


Oops, wrong link. This is the link I meant to post:

Dems on track to pick up 7 seats

Some of the races listed in this article have been called. So it looks like Dems did pick up at least 7, maybe 8 seats in Congress.

Which means Dems gained in the House and the Senate and won the WH! Not bad considering how many seats in the Senate were at stake eg and all the money spent on Congress and the WH.



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Reply Dems on track to pick up 7 House seats (Original post)
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 OP
Historic NY Nov 2012 #1
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #7
Historic NY Nov 2012 #23
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #2
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #5
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #14
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #16
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #18
FreeState Nov 2012 #20
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #22
Kaleva Nov 2012 #3
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #9
dmr Nov 2012 #15
Kingofalldems Nov 2012 #4
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #8
Ligyron Nov 2012 #6
JPZenger Nov 2012 #10
libdem4life Nov 2012 #11
MoonchildCA Nov 2012 #12
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #13
Horse with no Name Nov 2012 #17
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #19
suffragette Nov 2012 #21

Response to sabrina 1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:38 PM

1. NY 18th bagger Hayworthless out Dem Maloney in !! Ny 24th...

NY 24th Buerkle out Dan Maffei returns Democrat

thats plus 2 from NY

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:46 PM

7. The tea baggers were big losers in this election! That is great news. Isn't that upstate

NY btw?

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:30 PM

23. Yes Orange co.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:39 PM

2. CA -52 is too close to call

the difference is 600 votes and change, yup that close.

It will go to an automatic recount. (I expect Peters to win actually, but will be close)

Also Bilbray said something interesting last night... "Whoever is sworn in, in January."

I think he knows. But I am not ready to call it.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:44 PM

5. I just fixed the link in the OP, posted the wrong link to go with the article. Yes, that race

is very close. From the article:

Californiaís 52nd District. Democrat Scott Peters leads Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray 50.2 percent to 49.8 percent with 100 percent of precincts reporting.


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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:17 PM

14. I know, I covered it last night, the Bilbray side

and we will have an automatic trigger to a recount and all that fun, UNLESS Bilbray decides to save some money to the Citizens of San Diego and concede... his tone last night... I don't know, he just might.

(Yes, the boss got the fun party last night, we got the wake)

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:22 PM

16. They've lost so much money already who knows, they might decide it's best to

try to save some to put towards their next attempt. I'm sure people like the Kochs and Sheldon Adelson are not too happy with all the money they threw away.

So you may be right.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:25 PM

18. It is close enough where the citizens pay for the automatic recount

it is less than 0.05%

Yes, it is that close.

Though they may stop it once Peters builds a lead... which I expect to happen.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:22 PM

20. Its not going to stay that close IMO

There are approximately 475000 Absentee / Provisional ballots still to be counted in San Diego County. Im not sure how may of those will effect the race (the Urban core of SD is not in the 52 district, Im guessing about 30% of the remaining might have 52nd race on their ballot - about 15,000 ballots - but thats just a guess - we should no more later today when sdvote.com updates its totals).

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Response to FreeState (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:26 PM

22. They have not as of yet.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:40 PM

3. (D) McDowell in Michigan's 1st Congressional District hasn't conceded yet.

"Unofficial results posted online by the Michigan Secretary of State and Associated Press show that Benishek defeated McDowell by less than one percentage point, with only 2,297 votes separating the two candidates.

The McDowell campaign issued a press release indicating that it is working to ensure all absentee, provisional and military ballots have been accounted for. The campaign also referenced "discrepancies" in AP numbers and possible tallying errors in some counties."

http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/11/democrat_gary_mcdowell_not_rea.html

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:59 PM

9. Good, and if they find more votes that would be one more seat.

This is from the article linked in the OP. I don't think it was counted as part of the seven seats gained by Dems. It would be great if it turned out to be another gain.

Michiganís 1st District. Republican Rep. Dan Benishek leads Democrat Gary McDowell 48.2 percent to 47.5 percent with 100 percent of precincts reporting.


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Response to Kaleva (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:17 PM

15. Thanks for posting this. This is my district.

I thought McDowell had a good chance to beat Benishek, so I'm glad he's still hanging in there.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:41 PM

4. Yeah but Fox news said last night the election was

essentially a 'wash'.

Guess they were lying again.

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:50 PM

8. Yes, but even the rest of the media weren't saying much about Congress which is why

I went to try to find out as it seemed we were beating some serious Tea Baggers.

I kept seeing numbers that hadn't changed, ie Dems 193, Repubs 241 or close. Didn't seem right and it wasn't apparently.

I think picking up 7 seats is great and it may be more. And getting Alan Grayson back in Congress is just fantastic. He's the Repubs worst nightmare as he never minces words when it comes to them.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:45 PM

6. Thanks for that...

This election is turning out better than I dared hope!

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Response to sabrina 1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:07 PM

10. Dem Mark Critz lost in PA, defeated by gerrymandering

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Response to sabrina 1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:08 PM

11. "And the beat goes on..." 2014 here we come

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Response to sabrina 1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:10 PM

12. Oh good! Julia Brownley

has a comfortable lead. When I looked last night, she was a bit behind. I'm about one block out of her district, my representative is Lois Capps, but most of my city is in the other district. She will replace republican Elton Gallegly who retired after a bit of redistricting. This makes me happy!

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Response to MoonchildCA (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:15 PM

13. Yes, I was afraid to look as I am in her district and I was very impressed with her

campaign, but like you, I thought she had lost last night. When I saw these results, I was just thrilled.

Gallegly, the retiring Republican, held that seat for 25 years, so this is a significant win for her.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:24 PM

17. This is kind of the elephant in the room that nobody is talking about

so to speak.

The meme is that we did NOTHING in the House...so we HAVE to work with the pigs.

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #17)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:05 PM

19. I just saw Boehner and he stated that the 'people returned Republicans to Congress'.

No mention of the losses they took. I haven't seen it on the MSM either. But if this was a Dem Congress, you can be sure we would hear how they lost seats in the election.

Dems need to reframe that with 'Republicans lost seats in the House and the Senate'.

So far I have not heard them do that.

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #17)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:23 PM

21. Good point

They are pushing that as hard as they can.

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