Nebraska Special Election Winner Mike Flood is Sworn In; Democratic Margin Narrows to 220-211
By 270toWin Staff
July 13, 2022, 12:41 PM ET
The newest member of the U.S. House is Republican Mike Flood, now representing Nebraska's First Congressional District. He was sworn in Tuesday evening.
Flood won the June 28 special election by a 53% to 47% margin over Democratic State Sen. Patty Brooks. He will complete the term of fellow Republican Jeff Fortenberry, who resigned at the end of March. Flood and Brooks will have a rematch in November for a full two-year term; both were nominated by their respective parties in the state's May 10 primary.
With the addition of Flood, there are now 211 Republicans in the House. Democrats continue to control the chamber with 220 members. There are four vacancies, all of which will be filled via special election before the end of August.
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Jim Hagedorn died in February. Brad Finstad (R) and Jeff Ettinger (D) won their respective party primaries.
Anthony Delgado resigned in May to become Lt. Gov. of New York. The parties directly nominated Pat Ryan (D) and Marc Molinaro (R).
Tom Reed resigned in May. The parties directly nominated Joe Sempolinski (R) and Max Della Pia (D).