2018 House Special Elections
November 6, 2018
The 2018 midterms arrive with seven vacancies in the U.S. House of Representatives. Four of these will decided by special election today, with the winners serving in the lame-duck session of Congress. More on those, including live results, can be found below.
In Oklahoma's first district, there will be no special election. We're told that the winner of the midterm will be appointed by the governor to fill the remainder of the term. In Florida's 6th district and West Virginia's 3rd district, the vacancies came too late for a special election. Those seats will remain vacant until the new Congress is seated in early January.
House Special Election Results
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There are a few quirks with these special elections. Since the winners will only serve a couple months, we are listing them here separate from the 435 elections that will determine the Battle for Control of the U.S. House in 2019.
Michigan District 13: The vacancy arose in this safe Democratic district when Rep. John Conyers, Jr. resigned in December of 2017. In an unusual turn of events, the Democratic nominee for the regular election, Rashida Tlaib, lost the nomination for this special election. That means Democrat Brenda Jones - the overwhelming favorite here - will only serve during the lame-duck session. However, Jones is attempting to orchestrate a write-in campaign as an independent for the two-year term.
New York District 25: The vacancy arose in this safe Democratic district when Rep. Louise Slaughter passed away in March. The candidates in the special are the same as those for the regular election.
Pennsylvania: These two special elections are for district boundaries that will go out of existence in January. Those voting in the regular two-year elections for the state's 18 congressional districts will select a representative based on new lines created by the state's redistricting in 2018.
Pennsylvania District 7: The vacancy arose when Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan resigned in April. The current PA-7 is competitive - Hillary Clinton won by about 2% over Donald Trump in 2016. These same two candidates will also meet in the two-year election for the new District 5. That redrawn district is much more favorable for Democrats.
Pennsylvania District 15: The vacancy arose when Republican Rep. Charlie Dent resigned in May. The current PA-15 leans Republican - Trump won by about 8% over Clinton in 2016. These same three candidates will also meet in the two-year election for the new District 7 (not the same boundaries as the District 7 noted in the preceding special election). The redrawn district leans Democratic.
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