Wednesday, October 10, 2007

NM-01, OH-15 Lean Democratic

The GOP may be starting at least two down on House races in their effort to win back the House of Representatives. The Evans-Novak Politics Report lists two open Republican House seats as lean Democratic;

The First District of New Mexico, which includes Albuquerque, is open thanks to Republican Heather Wilson's campaign for the state's open US Senate seat. According to Evans-Novak;
"The district is 42 percent Hispanic, which puts it almost totally outside GOP reach: Republicans represent only five of the 41 other congressional districts that are one-third or more Hispanic." Wilson won reelection last year by just over 800 votes.

The Ohio 15th district, left open by the retirement of Republican Deborah Pryce, includes Columbus and some of the state capital's western suburbs. "Republicans may have given up on the seat currently held by retiring Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH)" Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy, and a plethora of other strong Democrats, are running for the seat. Kilroy lost last year by about 1,000 votes.

Both seats Lean Democrat

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