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GOP projected to elect 51 vets, Dems 21 vets – here’s who they are and some of their ads

An Airman registers to vote at a voting-assistance table at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 27, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Monroy)
November 04, 2020

As of Wednesday morning, 72 U.S. military veterans are projected to win races in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, including 51 Republican candidates and 21 Democratic candidates, according to a Military Times election projection spreadsheet.

Among the veteran candidates listed, Military Times has projected 10 new Republicans coming to Congress and 41 more incumbent Republicans keeping their seats. Veteran candidates running as Democrats are projected to pick up three new seats and 18 more incumbent Democrats are projected to keep their seats.

While the results reported by Military Times are projections, many of the race results are not final.

Those 10 new Republican veteran candidates projected to win include:

  1. Barry Moore for Alabama’s 2nd congressional district (AL-2),
  2. Scott Franklin for FL-15,
  3. Andrew Clyde for GA-9,
  4. Roger Marshall for the Kansas U.S. Senate Seat,
  5. Pat Fallon for TX-4,
  6. August Pfluger for TX-11,
  7. Ronny Jakcson for TX-13,
  8. Troy Nehls for TX-22,
  9. Tony Gonzales for TX-23
  10. and Scott Fitzgerald for WI-5

Ronny Jackson retired from the Navy as a Rear Adml. and served as the White House Physician from 2013 to 2018, serving both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. Here’s one of the campaign ads Jackson released for the election:

Those 3 new Democratic veteran candidates projected to win include:

  1. Kai Kahele for HI-2,
  2. Jake Auchincloss for MA-4

Navy veteran Mark Kelly was also projected to win the Arizona U.S. Senate seat, beating the incumbent Air Force veteran Martha McSally. McSally has not conceded the race.

Kelly, who retired as a captain in the Navy and served as a naval aviator and NASA astronaut released this campaign the day before the election:

The Republican incumbents projected to keep their seats included:

  1. Rep. Jim Banks for IN-3,
  2. Mike Gallagher for WI-8,
  3. Chris Stewart for UT-2,
  4. Brian Babin for TX-36,
  5. Van Taylor for TX-3,
  6. Dan Crenshaw for TX-2,
  7. Louie Gohmert for TX-1,
  8. Mark Green for TN-7,
  9. Lindsey Graham for South Carolina’s U.S. Senate Seat,
  10. William Timmons for SC-4,
  11. Joe Wilson for SC-2,
  12. Guy Reschenthaler for PA-14,
  13. Jim Inhofe for Oklahoma’s Senate Seat,
  14. Warren Davidson for OH-8, Bill Johnson for OH-6,
  15. Brad Wenstrup for OH-2,
  16. Steve Stivers for OH-15,
  17. Mark Amodei for NV-2,
  18. Don Bacon for NE-2,
  19. Steven Palazzo for MS-4,
  20. Trent Kelly for MS-1,
  21. Jack Bergman for MI-1,
  22. Andy Harris for MD-1,
  23. Clay Higgins for LA-3,
  24. Harold Rogers for KY-5,
  25. Brett Guthrie for KY-2,
  26. Mitch McConnell for Kentucky’s Senate seat,
  27. Larry Bucshon for IN-8,
  28. Greg Pence for IN-6,
  29. Jim Baird for IN-4,
  30. Adam Kinzinger for IL-16,
  31. Mike Bost for IL-12,
  32. Joni Ernst for Iowa’s Senate seat
  33. Barry Loudermilk for GA-11,
  34. Mike Waltz for FL-6,
  35. Neal Dunn for FL-2,
  36. Brian Mast for FL-18,
  37. Greg Stuebe for FL-17,
  38. Vern Buchanan for FL-16
  39. Rick Crawford for AR-1,
  40. Steve Womack for AR-3
  41. and Tom Cotton for Arkansas’ Senate seat.

The Democratic incumbents projected to keep their seats included:

  1. Bobby Scott for VA-3,
  2. Jack Reed for Rhode Island’s Senate seat,
  3. Peter DeFazio for OR-4,
  4. Bill Pascrell for NJ-9,
  5. Mikie Sherrill for NJ-11,
  6. G.K. Butterfield for NC-1,
  7. Anthony Brown for MD-4,
  8. Ed Markey for Massacushetts’ Senate seat,
  9. Seth Moulton for MA-6,
  10. Bobby Rush for IL-1,
  11. Sanford Bishop Jr for GA-2,
  12. Jason Crow for CO-6,
  13. Mike Thompson for CA-5,
  14. Ted Lieu for CA-33,
  15. Salud Carbajal for CA-24,
  16. Jimmy Panetta for CA-20,
  17. Ruben Gallego for AZ-7,
  18. ans Jackie Gordon for NY-9,

As of Wednesday morning, Military Times projected another 83 veterans running for various House and Senate seats have lost their respective races. Among those veterans to lose their respective races were 53 Republican candidates and 30 Democratic candidates.

Military Times has not projected winners for another 28 veterans running for various seats, as of Wednesday morning. Those veteran candidates included 18 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

One outstanding election result includes a close race for the Senate seat in Michigan between the incumbent Democratic Navy veteran Gary Peters and Republican Army veteran challenger John James.

Peters released this campaign ad a week ahead of the election:

Another outstanding election results includes a race for the Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district between incumbent Democratic Marine Corps veteran Connor Lamb and Republican Army veteran Sean Parnell.

Here’s one of the campaign ads Parnell released ahead of the election.