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There are 33 competitive House races to track Tuesday as Democrats battle to hold House majority

The GOP would need a net gain of 17 seats to win back the majority in the House.

October 30, 2020 5:09pm

Updated: November 2, 2020 4:04pm

Democrats currently hold the majority in the House of Representatives with 232 seats out of 435 and the Republicans would need to pick up 17 seats to take back control of the chamber, which they lost in the 2018 midterm elections.

The GOP holds 197 House seats in the current session of Congress. In addition, there is one Libertarian serving in the House, Rep. Justin Amash who left the Republican Party, as well as five vacant seats (four that were occupied by Republicans and one by a Democrat.)

The Cook Political Report and FiveThirtyEight are forecasting that Democrats are likely to gain seats in the general election in Nov. 3.

There are 33 competitive House races to monitor on Nov. 3 that will decide which party controls the chamber next year.

Seats held by Democrats in competitive races:

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell beat Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo in 2018 in Florida's 26th District by a slim margin. She is running against Carlos Gimenez, mayor of Miami-Dade County.

Incumbent Democrat Rep. Collin Peterson is facing off against Republican Michelle Fischbach in Minnesota 07.

California Rep. TJ Cox is in a competitive race against former GOP Rep. David Valadao in California's 21st District. Cox first won the seat against Valadao in the 2018 election.

Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams is defending his seat against former NFL player Burgess Owens, a Republican, in Utah's 4th District race.

In Iowa's 1st District, Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer is defending her seat in a competitive race against Republican Ashley Hinson.

The open seat in Iowa's 2nd District vacated by Democrat Rep. Dave Loebsack is shaping up to be a competitive race between Democrat Rita Hart and Republican State Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks.

Pennsylvania 8th District incumbent Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat, faces Republican Jim Bognet in a tight race to watch.

Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb is fighting to hold his seat representing Pennsylvania's 17th District against Republican Sean Parnell.

In Georgia's 6th Congressional District, freshman Democrat Rep. Lucy McBath is in a tight race against Republican Karen Handel.

Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, a freshman Democrat who represents New Mexico 02, is facing off against Republican challenger Yvette Herrell in a toss-up race.

First-term Democrat Kendra Horn is in a close race with Republican Stephanie Bice in Oklahoma 05.

The competitive race in South Carolina's first district is between freshman Rep. Joe Cunningham, a moderate Democrat, and Republican Nancy Mace.

Freshman Democrat Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a moderate, is fighting to hold on to her seat in a competitive race against Republican Nick Freitas in Virginia 07.

Freshman New York Rep. Max Rose, representing the 11th District, is running in a tight race against Republican Nicole Malliotakis.

Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi, who represents New York's 22nd District, is facing off in a rematch against former Rep. Claudia Tenney in a battle to hold his seat.

Democratic Rep. Gil Cisneros, a freshman, is running in a rematch with Republican Young Kim in California's 39th District.

Freshman Democratic Rep. Elaine Lauria is running in Virginia 2nd District in a tight race against Republican Scott Taylor.

Freshman Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne and former GOP congressman David Young are running against each other to represent Iowa's 3rd District in a closely watched race.

Freshman Democrat Rep. Chris Pappas is facing off against Republican challenger Matt Mowers in New Hampshire's 1st District.

GOP incumbent House members running for reelection in toss-up races:

GOP Rep. David Schweikert is running against Democrat Hiral Tipirneni in Arizona's 6th Congressional District.

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who switched to Republican from Democrat, is facing Democrat Amy Kennedy in the New Jersey 02 race.

GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick is running against Democrat Christina Finello in a close race in Pennsylvania's First District.

California Rep. Mike Garcia, who won his 25th District seat in a special election in May after Democrat Katie Hill resigned, is running against Democrat Christy Smith in the general election.

Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon, who represents the 2nd District, is facing Democrat Kara Eastman after defeating her in the 2018 midterm election to flip the seat.

Tight races for open seats previously occupied by Republicans:

GOP Rep. Susan Brooks announced her decision not to seek reelection in Indiana's 5th District. Democrat Christina Hale is locked in a competitive race against Victoria Spartz for the seat.

GOP Rep. Kenny Marchant, who represents the 24th District of Texas, is retiring. Republican Beth Van Duyne is facing off against Democrat Candace Valenzuela for the seat.

In Virginia 05, sitting GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman was defeated by Bob Good in the primary. Good faces Democrat Cameron Webb in what has shaped up to be a dead heat.

Former Rep. Darrell Issa is running in California 50 for the seat vacated by former GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, who resigned. Issa faces Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar in the general election match-up.

The race in North Carolina's 2nd District for GOP Rep. George Holding's seat is leaning Democrat. The three-way race is between Democrat Deborah Ross, Republican Alan Swain and Libertarian candidate Jeff Matemu.

In Texas 22, GOP Rep. Pete Olson announced he would not run for reelection. Republican Troy Nehls and Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni are running in a tight race there.

GOP Rep. Rob Woodall in Georgia 7 is not running again. Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux and Republican Rich McCormick are running in a close match-up for the seat.

Republican Tony Gonzalez and Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones are competing for Rep. Will Hurd's seat in the 23rd Texas district after Hurd announced his retirement.

Democrat Kathy Manning is locked in a tight race in the 6th District of North Carolina against Republican Lee Haywood for the seat left open by GOP Rep. Mark Walker, who is retiring.


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