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}}The 2008 U.S. House of Representatives elections were held on November 4, 2008, to elect members to the United States House of Representatives to serve in the 111th United States Congress from January 3, 2009 until January 3, 2011. All 435 voting seats, as well as all 6 non-voting seats, were up for election. The Democratic Party, which won a majority of seats in the 2006 election, expanded its control in 2008. The Republican Party, hoping to regain the majority it lost in the 2006 or at least expand its congressional membership, lost additional seats. With one exception (Louisiana's second district), the only seats to switch from Democratic to Republican had been Republican-held prior to the 2006 elections. Republicans gained five Democratic seats total, while losing 26 Republican seats, giving the Democrats a net gain of 21. Turnout increased due to the 2008 presidential election. The presidential election, 2008 Senate elections, and 2008 state gubernatorial elections, as well as many other state and local elections, occurred on the same date.

Composition entering the election

At the end of the 110th Congress (2nd Session), the membership of the U.S. House of Representatives was composed of 235 Democrats, 199 Republicans, and one vacancy.

Special elections in 2008 for the 110th Congress

In 2008 there were eight special elections for vacant seats in the United States House of Representatives, for the 110th United States Congress. In the special elections, Democrats gained three seats while keeping hold on four seats. Republicans held of only one of their four seats.

Retiring incumbents

Thirty-one incumbents voluntarily chose to retire from the House.

Democratic incumbents

  1. : Bud Cramer: "[T]o spend more time with my family and begin another chapter in my life"
  2. : Mark Udall: Ran for and won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Wayne Allard.
  3. : Tom Allen: Ran against and lost to Susan Collins in the U.S. Senate election.
  4. : Tom Udall: Ran for and won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Pete Domenici.
  5. : Michael McNulty: "[I]t's not what I want to do for the rest of my life."
  6. : Darlene Hooley: Because of the "cumulative effect of arduous travel, the relentless demands of fund-raising and 32 years of public service"

Republican incumbents

  1. : Terry Everett: Because of age and health
  2. : Rick Renzi: To fight federal criminal charges involving a land-swap deal
  3. : John Doolittle: To fight an FBI corruption investigation
  4. : Duncan Hunter Ran for and lost the race for the Republican nomination for President
  5. : Tom Tancredo: Ran for and lost the race for the Republican nomination for President
  6. : Dave Weldon: To return to his medical practice
  7. : Jerry Weller: To spend more time with his family, amid questions about his Nicaraguan land dealings, his wife's investments, and his relationship to an indicted defense contractor
  8. : Ray LaHood (On December 19, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate LaHood to serve as the next Secretary of Transportation.) He was later confirmed.
  9. : Ron Lewis
  10. : Jim McCrery
  11. : Jim Ramstad
  12. : Chip Pickering
  13. : Kenny Hulshof: Ran for and lost the election for governor
  14. : Jim Saxton: Because of age and health
  15. : Mike Ferguson: To spend more time with his family
  16. : Heather Wilson: Ran in and lost the Republican primary for New Mexico's open U.S. Senate seat
  17. : Steve Pearce: Ran for and lost the election for New Mexico's open U.S. Senate seat
  18. : Vito Fossella: Amid scandal following a drunk driving arrest which led to revelations of infidelity and a secret family he maintained in Virginia
  19. : Jim Walsh
  20. : Tom Reynolds
  21. : Dave Hobson: "I wanted to go out on top"
  22. : Deborah Pryce: To spend more time with her family
  23. : Ralph Regula
  24. : John Peterson: To spend more time with his family
  25. : Luis Fortuño: Ran for and won the Governorship of Puerto Rico defeating Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá
  26. : Thomas M. Davis: "It's time for me to take a sabbatical"
  27. : Barbara Cubin

Defeated incumbents

Incumbents defeated in primary election

  1. : Wayne Gilchrest (R)
  2. : Albert Wynn (D) -subsequently resigned May 31, 2008
  3. : Chris Cannon (R)
  4. : David Davis (R)

Incumbents defeated in general election

  1. : Marilyn Musgrave (R)
  2. : Christopher Shays (R)
  3. : Ric Keller (R)
  4. : Tim Mahoney (D)
  5. : Tom Feeney (R)
  6. : Bill Sali (R)
  7. : Nancy Boyda (D)
  8. : William J. Jefferson (D)
  9. : Don Cazayoux (D)
  10. : Tim Walberg (R)
  11. : Joe Knollenberg (R)
  12. : Jon Porter (R)
  13. : Randy Kuhl (R)
  14. : Robin Hayes (R)
  15. : Steve Chabot (R)
  16. : Phil English (R)
  17. : Nick Lampson (D)
  18. : Thelma Drake (R)
  19. : Virgil Goode (R)

Open seat gains

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A number of organizations and individuals made predictions about the election, some for the House as a whole and some for both that and individual races. For the predictions just before the election occurred, see United States House elections, 2008 - predictions.


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The number of non-voting members also includes the non-voting member-elect from Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, who is a member of the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico, but will caucus with the Democrats. The New Progressive Party is affiliated with both the Democratic and Republican Parties and the last representative from Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuño, caucused with the Republicans. The vote total for the non-voting members also includes the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico, which has ties to the Democratic Party.
Both non-voting independents, American Samoa's representative Eni Faleomavaega and the Northern Mariana Islands' representative-elect Gregorio Sablan, will caucus with the Democrats. In America Samoa all elections are non-partisan. In the Northern Mariana Islands, Sablan appeared on the ballot as an independent.
Write-in candidates are included with the vote totals.

Seats that changed party


  • : Incumbent Terry Everett (R), 71, retired. The district covers southeastern Alabama, including Dothanmarker and Montgomerymarker. The Republican nominee, State Rep. Jay Love, defeated state Senator Harri Anne Smith in a bitter primary. The Democratic nominee was Montgomerymarker Mayor Bobby Bright. The district leans Republican — George W. Bush won 67% in 2004 here (CPVI=R+13). However, Bright had the advantage of representing the district's largest population center, as well as gaining the backing of Smith. Bright won 50% of the vote to Love's 49%.


  • : In August 2007, incumbent Rick Renzi (R) announced he would not seek re-election, four months after the FBI raided Renzi's family business as part of a federal investigation. Renzi received only 52% of the vote against his Democratic opponent – Sedonamarker civil rights attorney Ellen Simon – in 2006; George W. Bush won 54% of the vote in this northern Arizona State district in 2004 (CPVI=R+2). State Representative Ann Kirkpatrick was the Democratic nominee. Public affairs consultant Sydney Ann Hay, who ran unsuccessfully in 2002, was the Republican nominee. Kirkpatrick won the seat with 56% of the vote.


  • : Conservative Marilyn Musgrave (R), known for her staunch opposition to gay marriage, won after winning a plurality (46%) of the vote against Angie Paccione (D) and a strong Reform Party challenge from Eric Eidsness, who got 11% of the vote. That, along with her 51% showing in 2004 despite George W. Bush winning 58% of the vote in this eastern Colorado district that includes the Fort Collinsmarker area (CPVI=R+9), made her vulnerable in 2008. Democrats suffered a setback when state Sen. Brandon Schaffer dropped out, citing his party's failure to clear the field. The Democratic nominee was Betsy Markey, businesswoman and regional director for U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar. 2006 nominee Angie Paccione briefly launched a campaign, but left the race in September 2007. Markey defeated Musgrave by a wider than expected margin of 56% to 43%.


  • : Chris Shays, the only remaining Republican Congressman from New England, won 51% of the vote in 2006 and 52% in 2004 in a district that went to John Kerry with 53% in 2004 (CPVI=D+5). The district includes the cities of Bridgeportmarker and Stamfordmarker. Former Goldman Sachs executive and community activist Jim Himes was the Democratic nominee. After a hard fought race, Himes edged out Shays by a margin of 50% to 48%.


  • : Four-term incumbent Ric Keller (R), won a primary challenge against a lawyer and talk radio host with only 53%, leading to signs that he may be vulnerable. Democrats nominated lawyer Alan Grayson, who was included on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" list, which gave him additional financial aid. The district, which includes part of Orlandomarker, leans Republican: George W. Bush won 55% here in 2004 (CPVI=R+3). Grayson defeated Keller 52% to 48%.

  • : In this normally a Republican-leaning district, the consensus was that Tim Mahoney's 50% to 48% win in 2006 could be attributed to the Mark Foley scandal: the Republican nominee Joe Negron's campaign was harmed by the fact that Foley's name remained on the ballot even though he was not a candidate. Mahoney's reelection bid was damaged by revelations that he had at least two affairs, and was being investigated by the FBI for allegedly hiring one of his mistresses to keep her from discussing the affair . Attorney and Army veteran Tom Rooney defeated state Representative Gayle Harrell and Palm Beach Gardensmarker City Councilman Hal Valeche for the Republican nomination. George W. Bush won this Central Floridamarker district, with 54% in 2004 (CPVI=R+2). With memories of the Foley scandal still fresh, voters were in no mood to tolerate a scandal-tainted incumbent. Rooney won by 60% to 40%.

  • : Tom Feeney (R) faced a challenging race in 2008 due to his ties with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff . The district includes the Orlandomarker suburbs as well as the Space Coast of Florida. Feeney was re-elected by 58% to 42%, less than expected especially considering that Feeney reportedly drew the district for himself while serving as speaker of the state house. Democrats recruited former State Rep. Suzanne Kosmas to challenge Feeney in 2008. George W. Bush won 55% here in 2004 (CPVI=R+3). Kosmas defeated Feeney 57% to 41%.


  • : Conservative Republican Bill Sali won this open seat race with 49.9 percent of the vote in 2006, a mediocre showing in this heavily Republican district that gave Bush 68 percent in 2004 (CPVI=R+19). Also, as a member of the Idaho Legislature Sali caused considerable controversy by repeatedly citing a link between breast cancer and abortion without being able to provide evidence. Sali defeated Iraq War veteran Matt Salisbury in the March 27 primary. Walt Minnick, an army veteran, Boise businessman, and the Democratic Idaho U.S. Senate nominee in 1996 was the Democratic nominee. The district consists of the western half of Idaho and includes part of the rapidly growing Boisemarker area (where Democrats picked up five seats in the Idaho Legislature in 2006). Sali received negative press when he and members of his staff heckled Minnick during an interview. Minnick narrowly defeated Sali by 51% to 49% in the general election, giving Idaho its first Democratic member of Congress since 1995.


  • : Jerry Weller retired at the end of his seventh term. The district, which includes Chicago's southern suburbs as well as Bloomingtonmarker in central Illinois, narrowly went for George W. Bush in 2004 with 53% to 47% for John Kerry (CPVI=R+1). The Republican nominee was New Lenoxmarker Mayor Tim Baldermann, but he announced in February that he was dropping out of the race. Local businessman Marty Ozinga was chosen to replace Baldermann as the Republican candidate. State Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson was the Democratic nominee. Both sides tried to tie the other to the state's unpopular Democratic governor Rod Blagojevich . Halvorson defeated Ozinga 58% to 35%.


  • : Nancy Boyda (D) narrowly upset Jim Ryun (R) in 2006. The district, which includes Topekamarker and Manhattanmarker, gave Bush 58% to 40% in 2004 (CPVI=R+7), making her vulnerable, as Ryun was hurt by infighting between the moderate and conservative factions of the state GOP. Moderate state Treasurer Lynn Jenkins (R) was the Republican nominee, defeating Ryun 51% to 49%. In the general election, Jenkins won again, unseating Boyda by a 51% to 46% margin.


  • : Incumbent Democrat William J. Jefferson was indicted on 16 counts of corruption, complicating his re-election bid. In the Democratic primary, he placed first in a field of seven candidates finishing with 25% of the vote. Because no candidate received at least 50% of the vote, he faced the second place finisher, former TV anchor Helena Moreno, who won 20% of the vote, in a primary runoff on November 4, which Jefferson won. The Republican nominee was Anh "Joseph" Cao. The district includes nearly all of New Orleansmarker and some of its suburbs, and is overwhelmingly Democratic: Barack Obama won 75% of the vote a month earlier. Because of Hurricane Gustav's effects, the state ruled that the primary runoff would be held on November 4 in place of the general election, with the general election moving to December 6. In the December race, Cao surprised everyone when he overcame the Democratic nature of the district and defeated Jefferson by 50% to 47% in the biggest upset of the year; high white turnout and low black turnout were seen as a critical factor in the upset..

  • : Democrat Don Cazayoux defeated Republican Woody Jenkins 49%–46% in a special election in order to succeed Republican Richard Baker. Given Cazayoux's narrow margin of victory and the Republican-leaning nature of this Baton Rougemarker based district (Bush won 59% here in 2004), it was expected that Cazayoux would be a GOP target as he ran for his first full term. The Republican nominee was State Senator Bill Cassidy. Democratic state representative Michael Jackson announced that he would run as an independent after Cazayoux defeated him in the primary. Cazayoux's victory appeared to be a rejection of Jenkins, as Cassidy unseated him by 48% to 40%, with 12% going to Jackson.


  • : Incumbent Wayne Gilchrest was defeated in the Republican primary by conservative state Senator Andrew P. Harris. Gilchrest was a liberal-to-moderate Republican who voted for the bill to set a timetable on the Iraq War. Only 2 Republicans voted for the bill, which passed 218-to-212, and also voted on April 25, 2007 for another Democratic Iraq War bill which passed 218-208. Harris was endorsed by the Club for Growth, former Governor Bob Ehrlich seven of the eight state senators who represent parts of the district, and Maryland House Minority leader Anthony J. O'Donnell. The Democratic nominee was Queen Anne's Countymarker State Attorney Frank Kratovil Jr., who was endorsed by Governor Martin O'Malley, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, and, on September 2, by Gilchrest. This seat, which includes Maryland's eastern shore as well as some of Baltimore's northern suburbs, leans Republican: George W. Bush won with 62% here in 2004 (CPVI=R+10). However, Kratovil was financially aided by national Democrats, which allowed him to win, 49% to 48%.


  • : Republican Tim Walberg won this district in 2006 with 50% of the vote in 2006 after defeating freshman incumbent Joe Schwarz in the Republican primary with financial backing from the conservative Club for Growth. Walberg faced a tough race in 2008 as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee targeted his seat. State Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer defeated 2006 Democratic nominee Sharon Renier in the August 5 primary for the right to face Walberg in November. Schauer was endorsed by Schwarz, while Renier waged a write-in-campaign as an independent. This district, which includes Battle Creekmarker, is Republican leaning: Bush won 54% here in 2004 (CPVI=R+2). Schauer defeated Walberg 49% to 46%.

  • : In January 2006, Joe Knollenberg (R) announced his intent to seek re-election in 2008. Knollenberg spent $2.7 million to keep his seat in the House. Although his past Democratic opponents did not receive support from the national party, this time the seat was identified as a "target" for the Democrats in 2008, as the DCCC targeted districts where Republicans garnered less than 55% of the vote. Knollenberg, who was 75 in 2008, won only 52% of the vote in 2006 in this eastern Oakland Countymarker district that gave George W. Bush only 50% of the vote in 2004 (CPVI=R+0) and is far from the Republican stronghold it once was. The district was once the most Republican in Metro Detroit, having sent Knollenberg's predecessor, Republican Bill Broomfield, to Congress for 36 years. The Democratic nominee was Michigan Lottery Commissioner Gary Peters, the 2002 Democratic nominee for state Attorney General and former State Senator. Controversial and well known pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian announced he was running as an independent candidate. Knollenberg lost the election to Peters, 52% to 43%.


  • : Republican Jon Porter won by only 48% to 46% in 2006 against a former aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and 54% in 2004. Porter faced another tough race in this suburban Las Vegasmarker district. George W. Bush barely won this district with 50% to 49% for John Kerry in 2004 (CPVI=D+1). The leading Democratic candidate was Clark County prosecutor Robert Daskas, but Daskas dropped out in late April, citing family concerns. After losing their top candidate, the Democratic Party quickly recruited Nevada Senatemarker Minority Leader Dina Titus, the 2006 nominee for governor. Titus unseated Porter 48% to 42%.

New Jersey

  • : Incumbent Republican Jim Saxton announced that he would retire at the end of his current term. This suburban Philadelphia district is historically Republican, but George W. Bush barely won with 51% to 49% for John Kerry in 2004 (CPVI=D+3). Also, Al Gore won his district by a significant margin in 2000. The Republican nominee was Medfordmarker Mayor, VP of Lockheed Martin, and Gulf War veteran Chris Myers. State Senator and 1990 Congressional candidate John Adler was the Democratic nominee. Adler faced an outsider disadvantage; his State Senate district's only city in the 3rd Congressional District was his home town of Cherry Hill. However, Adler defeated Myers 52% to 48%.

New Mexico

  • : Republican incumbent Steve Pearce won his party's nomination over Heather Wilson for the U.S. Senate (though he lost to another fellow Congressman, Democrat Tom Udall). This district, covering roughly southeastern New Mexico, is usually Republican-voting, but Democrats sometimes won elections here. The Democratic nominee was Hobbsmarker businessman, civic leader, and former Lea County Commissioner Harry Teague. Bush won here with 58% to 42% for John Kerry in 2004 (CPVI=R+6). The Republican nominee was restaurateur Ed Tinsley,. Teague won 56% to 44%.

New York

  • New York's 13th congressional district: This Staten Islandmarker district was by far the most conservative part of New York City, but it still voted for Democrats in many elections. Republican incumbent Vito Fossella had won by solid margins since first being elected in a 1997 special election. But he was arrested on drunk driving charges, which led to the revelation that he had an illegitimate child by a mistress. On May 20, 2008, Fossella announced he would not seek another term, giving ample time for others to decide to run by the September primary. Wall Street executive Francis H. Powers was a Republican candidate until he died on June 22, 2008. Staten Island City Councilman Mike McMahon was the Democratic nominee. Former Assemblyman Bob Straniere of New Dorp was the Republican nominee. McMahon won the seat 61% to 33%.

  • : Incumbent Jim Walsh (R) won by 51% to 49% in 2006 in this district that includes Syracusemarker. On January 23, 2008, The Politico reported that Walsh would not seek re-election. Walsh's 2006 opponent, Dan Maffei (D) was once again the Democratic nominee. Former Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Dale Sweetland, who Walsh endorsed, was the Republican nominee, with his major opponents leaving the race. John Kerry won 53% here in 2004 (CPVI=D+3). Maffei was more successful in his second attempt to win the seat, defeating Sweetland 55% to 42%.

North Carolina

  • : Republican Robin Hayes barely hung on in his 2006 re-election bid against Democrat Larry Kissell by a 329-vote margin. This seat likely was competitive again in 2008 because of Hayes' vote for CAFTA, which he first opposed but voted for because of pressure from House Republican leaders. Kissell again was the Democratic nominee. This Piedmont area district leans Republican: Bush won 54% here in 2004. Kissell was the winner this time, defeating Hayes 55% to 45%.


  • : Republican Steve Chabot won by 52% to 48% in 2006, compared to 60% to 40% in 2004. His district barely went to George W. Bush with 50% to 49% for John Kerry in 2004 and includes the western portion of the Cincinnatimarker area. State House Democratic Whip Steve Driehaus was the Democratic nominee. The district experienced another close race, with Driehaus defeating Chabot 51% to 49%.

  • : In 2006, Republican Deborah Pryce survived the toughest race of her career against Democratic Franklin Countymarker Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy by 1,062 votes. Pryce did not run for re-election in 2008. Kilroy was again the Democratic nominee. Republican state Senator and Iraq War veteran Steve Stivers was the Republican nominee, winning his party's primary with 65%. George W. Bush barely won here in 2004 with 50.3% to 49.7% for John Kerry. This district, which includes much of Columbus and western suburbs, does not clearly favor either party. Kilroy defeated Stivers by a margin of over 2000 votes.

  • : Republican Congressman Ralph Regula, whose district includes the Cantonmarker area, retired after 36 years in Congress State Senator Kirk Schuring won a close Republican primary and faced Democratic state Senator and Iraq War veteran John Boccieri in the general election. This district went for Bush with 53% to 46% for Kerry in 2004. Aided by some gaffes that Shuring had made during the campaign, Boccieri won 55% to 45%.


  • : Phil English (R) faced a tough challenge as he represented an Eriemarker-based district that gave George W. Bush 53% of the vote and 47% of its vote to John Kerry in 2004. Also, in 2006, English received 54% of the vote against a newcomer with no political experience. Despite the presence of solidly Democratic Eriemarker, the district historically had been friendly to moderate Republicans. Civic Leader, Erie Arboretum director, and businesswoman Kathy Dahlkemper was the Democratic candidate. She defeated English 52% to 48%.


  • : This seat was vacated by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who resigned amid reports over his campaign finance activities. Democrat Nick Lampson won the general election, facing only a Libertarian and write-in opposition from Republicans. Republican Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, a dermatologist and former Houstonmarker City Councilwoman, won the special election held on the same day and in which Lampson did not run, and she served as a member of congress for almost two months before Lampson was sworn in. Lampson faced a difficult race in 2008, as he represented a heavily Republican constituency that voted for George W. Bush over John Kerry by a 2 to 1 (66% to 33%) margin (CPVI=R+15), more than any other district that fell to the Democrats in 2006. In an added development, Lampson had serious health problems, including recent quadruple heart bypass surgery. The district takes in several wealthy and conservative suburbs south of Houston, including Sugar Landmarker, Pasadenamarker, Pearlandmarker, and the Clear Lake area of Houston. This district also includes the NASAmarker Johnson Space Centermarker and Ellington Fieldmarker. Lampson won the Democratic nomination. The Republican nominee was Pete Olson, who defeated Sekula-Gibbs in a primary runoff. Olson defeated Lampson 53% to 45%.


  • : Republican Thelma Drake was challenged by Democrat Glenn Nye, a former diplomat. In 2006, Drake survived a bid from Democrat Phil Kellam by only 51.3% to 48.5%. In 2004, Drake received 55% of the vote in this Virginia Beachmarker-based district, which was won by George W. Bush with 57% to 42% for John Kerry in 2004, but in 2005 Democrat Tim Kaine won the district by 50% to 47% in his gubernatorial election. In 2006 Drake may have been hurt by the downfall of Republican U.S. Senator George Allen, who narrowly lost to Democrat Jim Webb, a former Republican and former Secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan. CQ Politics rated the seat "Republican favored." The Cook Political Report rated it "Likely Republican." The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) named Drake a "targeted Republican". Nye defeated Drake and swung the seat, 52%-48%.

  • : Originally elected as a Democrat in 1996, Virgil Goode had represented this district as a Republican since 2002. This year he faced Democrat Tom Perriello, who proved to be a good fundraiser. This district includes much of Southside Virginia. Except for Democratic-leaning Charlottesvillemarker, the district usually votes Republican; Bush won 56% here in 2004. As late as October, a poll by Survey USA showed Goode leading by 55% to 42%. However, Perriello closed the gap and appeared to win by 646 votes on election day. Perriello claimed victory, but Goode decided to ask for a recount. The totals as of November 22 show Perriello leading by 745 votes. The recount completed on December 17, and Perriello was certified to have won the election by 727 votes.

  • : Retiring Republican incumbent Tom Davis toppled one-term Democrat Leslie Byrne in 1994 and rarely faced serious opposition in subsequent years. However, his district, located in the wealthy Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DCmarker, has become increasingly Democratic over the years. It was a top Democratic target, given Davis's January 30, 2008, announcement that he will not seek re-election. George W. Bush barely won this district with 50% to 49% for John Kerry, which includes part of Fairfaxmarker and Prince Williammarker counties, in 2004. The Republican nominee was Keith Fimian, business magnate and former CPA, with personal wealth he is drawing upon. The Democratic nominee was Gerry Connolly, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. CQ Politics rates seat "leans Democratic". The Cook Political Report rated it "lean Democratic". The Rothenberg Political Report scored it "leans Democratic." Connolly won, 55%-43%.

Northern Mariana Islands

Puerto Rico

See also


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