In 2020, the House of Representatives has several exciting races to watch out for. Whilst the Democrats have a comfortable majority in the House, Republicans will be hopeful of making significant gains in the hope of finding a route back to the house majority.
1. Florida’s 26th District Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D): In 2018 Debbie Mucarsel-Powell won the district defeating Republican incumbent Carlos Curbelo by 1.8% or 4,119 votes. In 2020 it will be a direct re-match between Mucarsel-Powell and Curbelo, whilst most political pundits has labelled the race as a Toss-Up bookmakers have put slightly shorter odds on Mucarsel-Powell winning re-election.
2. In 2018 Cindy Axne (D) managed to flip Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, defeating Republican incumbent David Young by 7,709. This year the GOP are confident that they will pick up the district, if President Trump carries the state of Iowa in the Presidential Election. Cindy Axne will again be facing former incumbent David Young.
3. Abigail Spanberger (D) won Virginia’s 7th District by defeating Republican incumbent Dave Brat (R) by 6,784 votes. During the campaign, a clip of Spanberger’s debate performance went viral as she highlighted her opponent’s refusal to use her name. In 2020 Spannberger will face Nick Freitas (R), and Spannberger is one of the most vulnerable Democrats this cycle.
4. TJ Cox (D) won California’s 21st District by only 862 votes in 2018 when he defeated Republican incumbent David Valadao. In 2020, again there will be a rematch between TJ Cox and David Valadao. Republicans are confident that the 21st district is their best chance of making a gain in California after their near wipe out in 2018.
5. Harley Rouda (D) is in the political fight of his life, as he looks to be re-elected for a second term as the Representative for California’s 48th District. Elected in 2018 when he defeated Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher by 20,938 votes, this cycle he is facing an insurgent campaign by Republican challenger Michelle Steel. If the GOP hope to reclaim the House majority this cycle, they will need to win California’s 48th District.
6. In 2020 Dan David Schweikert (R) is fighting for his political life, as Democrats eye flipping Arizona’s 6th District which he has represented since the 2010 Midterms. The Democrats are hoping that Hiral Tipireneni will be able to ride an expected Democratic wave in the state to victory.
7. California’s 25th District has had an eventful 2 years. Katie Hill had flipped the district in 2018 but resigned from Congress in 2019, Mike Garcia (R) won the Special Election and is now heading into the 2020 General Election as the incumbent. Christy Smith will be the Democratic Nominee for this District and will be confident of regaining the district.
8. Jeff Van Drew (R) only switched to the GOP last December during the Impeachment proceedings. Since then he has become a firm favourite of President Trump. This cycle Van Drew will have a tough fight keeping hold of New Jersey’s 2nd District as Democrats are on the hunt for revenge.
9. Incumbent Scott Perry (R) is in a tight campaign against Eugene DePasquale (D) for Pennsylvania’s 10th District. Whilst many will have eyes on Pennsylvania for the Presidential Election, it could also prove crucial to deciding who will be the Speaker of House come 2021.
10. Texas’s 23rd District will be one of the most fascinating results to look out for on election night, with both parties confident that they can win the seat. Previously held by Will Hurd (R) who decided to leave Congress, this cycle Tony Gonzales will be the Republican candidate and will go up against the Democrats Gina Ortiz Jones.
This is our list of the 10 Congressional races to watch out for this election, what are yours?