US Election 2020: Democrat Deborah Ross wins open House seat in North Carolina
Democrat Deborah Ross has won an open House seat in North Carolina. She’s the second Democrat to win an open House seat after a court order required North Carolina to redraw its congressional map ahead of the 2020 election.
Ross was helped by new boundaries in the Raleigh-area district.
The seat is currently held by Republican Rep. George Holding, who announced his retirement last year.
Ross, a lawyer, is a former member of the North Carolina House, where she served as majority whip and in other leadership roles.
Ross most recently ran for elected office in 2016, when she failed to unseat Republican Sen. Richard Burr.
Republican Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has won a House seat in Florida, defeating freshman Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.
Gimenez, a former firefighter, prevailed in a district that stretches from the Miami suburbs to Key West. The seat has swung back and forth between Democrats and Republicans for several elections.
The Cuban-born Gimenez was helped by President Donald Trump’s strong appeal to Cuban voters. Gimenez made restoring the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic one of his top campaign issues.
Florida has long been a Covid-19 hotspot, with more than 16,000 deaths in the state, including more than 3,500 in Miami-Dade County.
Mucarsel-Powell, who is originally from Ecuador, also stressed recovery from the pandemic as a major priority.
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Democrat Kathy Manning has won an open House seat in North Carolina over Republican Joseph Lee Haywood.
Manning’s victory in the state’s 6th Congressional District was expected after a court ordered the state to redraw its congressional map ahead of the 2020 election. Republican Rep. Mark Walker did not seek re-election after the order.
The pickup by Manning in the area that borders Virginia furthers Democrats’ goal of retaining their majority in the House. Manning, an attorney and small business owner from Greensboro, unsuccessfully ran in 2018 for the seat in District 13, where she lost to Republican Ted Budd by 6 percentage points.
Haywood is a Grand Old Party(GOP) activist who previously worked as the party chairman in the district.
President Donald Trump’s former White House physician is heading to Congress.
Republican Ronny Jackson has won a House seat in West Texas, where he moved after leaving the White House in 2018. The solidly Republican district is currently held by Mac Thornberry, one of six GOP congressmen in Texas retiring this year.
Jackson was a surprise pick by Trump to lead the Department of Veteran Affairs in 2018. But his nomination was derailed by allegations of drinking on the job and over prescribing drugs, claims that he has strongly denied.
Jackson returned to the White House medical office, retired from the Navy in 2019 and launched his bid for Congress, winning Trump’s endorsement. Jackson defeated Democrat Gus Trujillo.9:30 p.m.
Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who expressed racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories, has won a House seat in Georgia.
President Donald Trump boosted Greene’s candidacy, calling her a “future Republican Star.”
Greene was heavily favored in the conservative district even before Democratic challenger Kevin Van Ausdal suddenly dropped out in September, saying he was moving out of state.
Greene is a businesswoman and political newcomer who’s gained large followings on social media in part by posting incendiary videos and comments. She has claimed in online videos that Black and Hispanic men are being held back by “gangs and dealing drugs,” alleged an “Islamic invasion” of government offices and accused Jewish billionaire George Soros of collaborating with Nazis.
Democrats are hoping to cement control of the House for two more years with perhaps an even larger majority.
They are banking on anxiety over the pandemic, suburban indignation with President Donald Trump and a fundraising advantage.
Over a dozen incumbents of both parties from safe districts have been easily re-elected as polls are beginning to close in some eastern and Midwestern states. But early results aren’t conclusive yet in hotly contested districts in Virginia, Georgia, Ohio and North Carolina.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’s “absolutely certain” that Democrats will “solidly hold” onto their House majority.
Pelosi says she’s confident Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will win the White House from President Donald Trump.