According to a report written by Alexander Burns and published in the New York Times, Democrats must flip at least 23 Republican-held seats to retake the House this November. There are currently 66 highly competitive seats — those considered a tossup between the two parties or leaning slightly toward one — according to race ratings provided by the Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper.
As of August 13th:
The ratings for dozens of competitive congressional races have shifted in the direction of Democrats in recent months.
Democrats have seen the overall national environment move in their direction, and a handful of narrower developments have helped their candidates. Pennsylvania’s gerrymandered congressional map was redrawn. Republicans have battled legal scandal and other politically damaging revelations in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota.
Right now, 10 seats currently held by Republicans are either likely to be won by Democrats or lean slightly toward them, while another two dozen Republican-held seats are designated as tossups — political coin flips that could just as easily break in either direction. If Republicans lose the 10 seats that currently tilt to the Democrats, they must win at least half of their tossup seats in order to keep control.
There are also more than 50 other Republican-held seats that are contested enough to make Democratic victory at least a plausible possibility. Many of those are in conservative-leaning suburbs and rural areas in the Midwest and West.
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In a recent Shelby County election, Tennessee Democrats were victorious over their Republican opponents, winning 21 of 26 county offices.
Of the 26 county offices on the ballot, Democrats won all but five — and those were previously Republican commission seats. Before the election, Republicans held nine of the ten most high-profile county offices, including mayor and sheriff.
Lee Harris pictured below is the new mayor of Shelby County. A former state senator in Tennessee, the early results of 153,583 ballots counted show Harris with 84,956 votes, or 55.3 percent, to Republican David Lenoir's 68,491 votes, or 44.6 percent, according to unofficial results from the Shelby County Election Commission.
In another high profile race, Democrat Floyd Bonner sailed to victory to become the first African American sheriff in Shelby County history.
On the commission, Democrat Michael Whaley narrowly beat Republican Richard Morton for a seat that belonged to term-limited Republican Heidi Shafer. That will give the Democratic commissioners eight votes, paving the way for Lee's initiatives.
Other results include: Down ballot, Democrat Bill Morrison beat Republican Chris Thomas for Probate Court clerk. Democrat Janis Fullilove narrowly beat Republican Bobby Simmons. Democrat Melvin Burgess beat Robert "Chip" Trouy for property assessor. Democrat Regina Newman beat Republican George Chism for trustee. Democrat Temiika D. Gipson beat Republican Tom Leatherwood for Circuit Court clerk. Democrat Heidi Kuhn beat Republican Richard DeSaussure for Criminal Court clerk. Wanda Halbert beat Donna Creson for County Court clerk.
History is in the making if Democrats can do the work, get out the vote, support candidates up and down the ballot in November.
Article excerpts from KosMedia
Photos credits: AFP/Getty images; Lee Harris Facebook page
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With only three months until the November 6th midterm election, Josh Harder along with numerous other Democratic candidates received the endorsement of former President, Barack Obama.
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