Path to power: House races to watch on election night

Path to power: House races to watch on election night

WASHINGTON – The Path to Power in the House runs through a few dozen districts in Tuesday's election, with Republicans defending their majority and Democrats looking to gain.

Americans in 2018 on immigration, health care, gender equality in the #MeToo era – and who they want to be in Washington during the next two years of Donald Trump's presidency.

Some races to watch for those keeping score, listed in order of poll-closing times:

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KENTUCKY

The ruby-red state known for the Derby and sweet bourbon is one of the most competitive and expensive races in the country. Andy Barr against Democrat Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot. McGrath holds the edge on campaign fundraising.

Polls close at 7 p.m. EST

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VIRGINIA

Rep. Dave Brat won his seat after upsetting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the 2014 Republican primary. Now, it's Brat's turn to fight for the Richmond area against Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA officer who is one of a number of women running Congress this year.

Polls close at 7 p.m. EST

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NORTH CAROLINA

Robert Pittenger in the GOP primary, giving Democrats a resounding in solidly red territory. Democrats answered with Dan McCready, an Iraq War veteran, solar energy company founder and Harvard Business School graduate. Trump won the district by 12 points and a Democrat has since been John F. Kennedy was president.

Polls close at 7:30 p.m. EST

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OHIO

It's a rematch in central Ohio's 12th District between Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor. Balderson won the short-term control of the seat in August during a special election after Republican Pat Tiberi retired. Republicans in the district appearing over the president, making the seat vulnerable to a Democrat who, like O'Connor, has supported some Republican ideas. He's engaged to a Republican who calls himself a "Dannycrat."

Polls close at 7:30 p.m. EST

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FLORIDA

National Republicans and Democrats are pouring major resources into the Miami area 27th District seat, held since 1989 by retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The Democratic nominee, Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, has ramped up her Spanish-language advertising and Hillary Clinton campaigned for her. Republican opponent, Maria Elvira Salazar, a Cuban-American and former broadcast journalist, unlike Shalala, speaks Spanish. Though Trump won Florida in 2016, Clinton won this congressional district by nearly 20 points.

Polls close at 8 p.m. EST

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NEW JERSEY

Along with California and Pennsylvania, suburb-filled New Jersey is a key battleground for House control. Two seats are open, vacated by Veteran Republican Reps. Frank LoBiondo and Rodney Frelinghuysen, and could fall to the Democrats.

Keep a close eye on the 3rd district south of Trenton, which has twice voted for President Barack Obama by about 6 percentage points. Fighting for re-election is Rep. Rep. Tom MacArthur, who helped strike the GOP's "Obamacare" repeal bill to house passage (it failed in the Senate). His Democratic opponent is political newcomer Andy Kim, a National Security Council staffer under Obama who has worked in Afghanistan.

Polls close 8 p.m. EST

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PENNSYLVANIA

Democrats have particular reason to believe they can flip as many as six seats in the Keystone state. A state Supreme Court decision in January threw out 6-year-old congressional district boundaries as unconstitutionally drawn to benefit Republicans. The replacement districts approved by the court's Democratic majority have created more competitive contests.

One key race is playing out in the Philadelphia suburbs. Freshman Rep. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, former FBI agent, has a centrist voting record and has tried to distance himself from Trump. He's facing Scott Wallace, a longtime Democratic Party donor who was co-chairman of the Wallace Global Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that supports liberal social movements. He's heavily funded his campaign and outspent Fitzpatrick nearly 5-to-1 in the July-September quarterback.

Polls close at 8 p.m. EST.

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KANSAS

Trump and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is in Northeastern Kansas. That's where Democrat Paul Davis, the former state house minority leader, and Republican Steve Watkins, at Army veteran and engineer, are battling for the seat by retiring Democratic Rep. Lynn Jenkins. Davis has said he would not support Pelosi for Democrats win the House. And Republicans were hoping that Trump's visit to Topeka last month would boost Republican Steve Watkins, who has questions about his qualifications and background.

Polls close 9 p.m. EST

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MINNESOTA

Four House seats could flip from one party to another in this traditionally Democratic stronghold.

For evidence of Democratic gains, look at the state's booming suburbs. Clinton won Minnesota's 3rd District west of Minnesota by 9 percentage points. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is under heavy pressure from Democrat Dean Phillips there. Paulsen avoided Trump's recent rally in Rochester and his rally this summer at Duluth, and he has said this in Marco Rubio's name in the 2016 election. Still, Trump endorsed Paulsen last month.

Polls close 9 p.m. EST

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NEW MEXICO

Steve Pearce, who is running for governor, offers a look at the party fare along the border with Mexico, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans. Pearce attracted support from Hispanics and the region's oil and gas interests. But the race between Democrat Xochitl and Torres Small and GOP opponent Yyvette Herrell has focused on hot-button issues as well as immigration and guns. Torres Small has raised more than five times the campaign drawn by Herrell.

Polls close 9 p.m. EST.

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NEW YORK

This deep-blue state offers a look at how to race and Trump's clout are playing out at the president's home state.

Antonio Delgado performing songs from his 2006 rap album under his stage name, A.D. The Voice. Delgado, a Rhodes scholar and Harvard Law School graduate, said his opponent, Rep. John Faso, what about racial attacks to alienate him, a black first-time candidate in a district that is more than 90 percent white. Voters are evenly split among Democrats, Republicans and independents, and twice for Obama but favored Trump.

Claudia Tenney, an early Trump supporter, is in the Buffalo-area's 22nd District, first-term Rep., Is drawing comparisons to the president by Brashly. But in a close race against Democrat Anthony Brindisi, she's shifted to a softer tone of bipartisanship. Brindisi, a state assemblyman, argues that Tenney's hyper-partisan approach undermines claim to work across the aisle. Trump beat Clinton by almost 16 percentage points here.

Polls close 9 p.m. EST.

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IOWA

One Iowa race offers a Trump-style advocate for immigration limits can win.

Republican Rep. Steve King is holding a low profile in his bid for a ninth house term, his success in question after he was engulfed in controversy for his support of white nationalists. But Democrats, already hoping to flip two other seats among Iowa's four-person delegation, have a tough road to success in the 4th district. Boost his Democratic opponent, J.D., is in an unusual move, the GOP's campaign chief condemned King the week before the election, but it's unclear. Scholten.

Polls close 10 p.m. EST.

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CALIFORNIA

Democrats have been promoted to Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Josh Harder is taking his job. Democrat Josh Harder is from the United States. Fallout from Supreme Court Justice Board Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings and fights about health care and immigration have been made to date where Democrats count a slender registration edge. Denham, a centrist who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, won the election with 3 percent points in 2016, while Clinton won the 49 percent of the vote.

In another test of GOP clout in a rapidly diversifying district, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's re-election is in question for the first time in 30 years. Trump and the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct have been produced by Democrat Harley Rouda. The district went to Clinton in the 2016 presidential contest.

Polls close at 11 p.m. EST.

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WASHINGTON STATE

Southwest Washington's 3rd District offers a tea party-driven GOP House takeover in 2010 survives. Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who has been out-raised in campaign funding by Democrat Carolyn Long for more than 60 percent of the vote. Herrera Beutler has broken her party on such issues as health care. But Long has emphasized her credentials as an outsider. The district stretching east along the Oregon border voted for Trump by 7 percentage points.

Polls close at 11 p.m. EST.

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