Republican Michael Rulli, Winner of Ohio Special Election, Sworn in to Congress

Rep. Michael Rulli (R) was sworn in Tuesday as the newest member of Congress. Rulli won his seat in a special election earlier this month. He will complete the term of fellow Republican Bill Johnson, who resigned earlier this year.

Republicans now hold a 219-213 partisan edge in the U.S. House. 

A special election for one of the three remaining vacancies was also held Tuesday. Republican Greg Lopez easily prevailed in Colorado's 4th district. 

Neither of these outcomes in safely Republican districts was a surprise, although Rulli's margin of victory was narrower than expected.

Regarding the other two vacancies....

NJ-10: Democrat Donald Payne Jr. died in April. A large field of 11 Democrats will compete in the July 16 special primary to succeed him. The nominee will be heavily favored against Republican Carmen Bucco in the September 18 special election.

WI-08: Republican Mike Gallagher resigned in April. This seat will remain vacant until the lame-duck session of Congress, as the special election will be held concurrently with the fall general election on November 5. Three Republicans have filed for the August 13 special primary; this is the same day as the regular statewide down-ballot primary. The seat should remain in Republican control.



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The GOP partisan advantage expanded to 219-213 with Tuesday's ceremony; the party also won a special election in Colorado