So far, the Republicans have gained a whopping 13 seats. With races in California, New York and Arizona still outstanding, that number could grow. Democrats have resigned themselves to the reality that they “will not gain House control until new maps are drawn in 2021.” Roll Call,
Two longtime Blue Dogs — Reps. Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia and John Barrow of Georgia — were some of the first casualties in election results. Both seats will be difficult for Democrats to win again in the near future…
While the gavel was never seriously considered in contention this cycle, Democratic operatives had hoped to either make small gains or at least mitigate losses this year. They hoped they would be in a position to fight for control of the House in 2016, but that might not be the case.
Instead, the party lost almost every competitive or open-seat race on the map.
Reps. Timothy H. Bishop and Dan Maffei lost in New York, joining defeated Reps. Bill Enyart and Brad Schneider of Illinois, Joe Garcia of Florida and Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire. The party failed to pick up House seats Obama won in Iowa, New Jersey and Virginia.