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Veterans secure at least 77 Congressional seats in sweeping midterm wins

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November 07, 2018
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A record number of veterans ran for Congressional seats in this year’s midterm elections, and many of them won their races.

More than 400 veterans ran in Congressional primaries, with 200 of them advancing into the final races, Stars and Stripes reported Wednesday.

Ultimately, 77 veteran candidates won their races, with another three in races that are too close to call as of press time, although the vote is leaning in their favor.

The sweeping veteran wins take place amid historic lows of veteran representation in Congress. As of 2015, veterans comprised fewer than 20 percent of Congress.

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Here are the following confirmed winners by name, party and state:

  • Don Young, a Republican from Alaska
  • Ruben Gallego, a Democrat from Arizona, District 7
  • Rick Crawford, a Republican from Arkansas, District 1
  • Steve Womack, a Republican from Arkansas, District 3
  • Mike Thompson, a Democrat from California, District 5
  • Paul Cook, a Republican from California, District 8
  • Jimmy Panetta, a Democrat from California, District 20
  • Salud Carbajal, a Democrat from California, District 24
  • Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, District 33
  • Duncan Hunter, a Republican from California, District 50
  • Jason Crow, a Democrat from Colorado, District 6
  • Thomas Carper, a Democrat from Delaware, Senate
  • Neal Dunn, a Republican from Florida, District 2
  • Michael Waltz, a Republican from Florida, District 6
  • Vern Buchanan, a Republican from Florida, District 16
  • Greg Steube, a Republican from Florida, District 17
  • Brian Mast, a Republican from Florida, District 18
  • Sanford Bishop, a Democrat from Georgia, District 2
  • Doug Collins, a Republican from Georgia, District 9
  • Barry Loudermilk, a Republican from Georgia, District 11
  • Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii, District 2
  • Bobby Rush, a Democrat from Illinois, District 1
  • Mike Bost, a Republican from Illinois, District 12
  • John Shimkus, a Republican from Illinois, District 15
  • Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, District 15
  • Jim Banks, a Republican from Indiana, District 3
  • Jim Baird, a Republican from Indiana, District 4
  • Greg Pence, a Republican from Indiana, District 6
  • Larry Bucshon, a Republican from Indiana, District 8
  • Roger Marshall, a Republican from Kansas, District 1
  • Steve Watkins, a Republican from Kansas, District 2
  • Brett Guthrie, a Republican from Kentucky, District 2
  • Hal Rogers, a Republican from Kentucky, District 5
  • Clay Higgins, a Republican from Louisiana, District 3
  • Ralph Abraham, a Republican from Louisiana, District 5
  • Andy Harris, a Republican from Maryland, District 1
  • Anthony Brown, a Democrat from Maryland, District 4
  • Seth Moulton, a Democrat from Massachusetts, District 6
  • Jack Bergman, a Republican from Michigan, District 1
  • Collin Peterson, a Democrat from Minnesota, District 7
  • Trent Kelly, a Republican from Mississippi, District 1
  • Steven Palazzo, a Republican from Mississippi, District 4
  • Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi, Senate
  • Don Bacon, a Republican from Nebraska, District 2
  • Mark Amodei, a Republican from Nevada, District 2
  • Bill Pascrell, a Democrat from New Jersey, District 9
  • Mikie Sherrill, a Democrat from New Jersey, District 11
  • Lee Zeldin, a Republican from New York, District 1
  • Peter King, a Republican from New York, District 2
  • Max Rose, a Democrat from New York, District 11
  • Jose Serrano, a Democrat from New York, District 15
  • K. Butterfield, a Democrat from North Carolina, District 1
  • Walter Jones, a Republican from North Carolina, District 3
  • Brad Wenstrup, a Republican from Ohio, District 2
  • Bill Johnson, a Republican from Ohio, District 6
  • Warren Davidson, a Republican from Ohio, District 8
  • Steve Stivers, a Republican from Ohio, District 15
  • Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon, District 4
  • Chrissy Houlahan, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, District 6
  • Scott Perry, a Republican from Pennsylvania, District 10
  • Guy Reschenthaler, a Republican from Pennsylvania, District 14
  • Conor Lamb, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, District 17
  • Joe Wilson, a Republican from South Carolina, District 2
  • Phil Roe, a Republican from Tennessee, District 1
  • Mark Green, a Republican from Tennessee, District 7
  • Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, District 1
  • Daniel Crenshaw, a Republican from Texas, District 2
  • Van Taylor, a Republican from Texas, District 3
  • Mike Conaway, a Republican from Texas, District 11
  • Pete Olson, a Republican from Texas, District 22
  • Brian Babin, a Republican from Texas, District 36
  • Chris Stewart, a Republican from Utah, District 2
  • Elaine Luria, a Democrat from Virginia, District 2
  • Bobby Scott, a Democrat from Virginia, District 3
  • Denver Riggleman, a Republican from Virginia, District 5
  • Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin, District 8
  • William Timmons, a Republican from South Carolina, District 4

Three additional races are considered too close to call, although the votes are leaning in favor of the veteran candidates:

  • Martha McSally, a Republican from Arizona, Senate
  • Jeff Denham, a Republican from California, District 10
  • Rick Scott, a Republican from Florida, Senate

Several of the winners were incumbents, while many more were first-term winners. Six of the races included two veterans going head-to-head.

Some are hopeful that the veteran wins will be able to fix the division and “broken politics” on Capitol Hill.

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