2008 Election Summary
(as of April 28, 2009) 

Presidential Race 

  • President-elect Barack Obama (D) won 365 Electoral College votes, an increase of 113 over John Kerry.  Senator John McCain had 173 - 97 votes short of victory.
  • Democrats won all the states carried by Gore and Kerry.
  • Democrats also won the following states carried by President Bush in 2000 and 2004:  Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia.  Missouri went for McCain, although by a narrow margin. 

Senate Races

  • Democrats currently control 59 seats (including 2 Independents and Arlen Specter's (PA) switch to the Democratic Party), for a gain of 8 seats.  Republicans control 40 seats.
  • The freshman class will have at least 13 members, including both elected and appointed Senators.
  • Republicans retained open seats in Idaho and Nebraska.  Republicans lost open seats in Colorado, New Mexico, and Virginia.
  • Republican incumbents lost in Alaska, New Hampshire and North Carolina, Oregon.
  • No Democratic seat was lost.
  • Seat pending final certification of winner:  Minnesota - Franken (D)

House Races

  • Democrats have 257 seats in the House (including vacancies), for a gain of 21. Republicans have 178.
  • The freshman class has 54 members, 32 Democrats and 22 Republicans.
  • Republican incumbents who lost:  Chabot (OH 1), Drake (VA 2), English (PA 3), Feeney (FL 24), Hayes (NC 8), Knollenberg (MI 9), Keller (FL 8), Kuhl (NY 29), Musgrave (CO 4), Porter (NV 3), Sali (ID 1),  Shays (CT 4), Walberg (MI 7), Goode (VA 5)
  • Democratic incumbents who lost:  Boyda (KS 2), Jefferson (LA 2), Cazayoux (LA 6), Lampson (TX 22), Mahoney (FL 16)
  • Republican open seats won by Democrats: Davis (VA 11), Everett (AL 2), Fossella (NY 13), Gilchrest (MD 1), Pearce (NM 2), Pryce (OH 15), Regula (OH 16), Renzi (AZ 1), Saxton (NJ 3), Walsh (NY 25), Weller (IL 14), Wilson (NM 1)
  • Democrats retained all their open seats

Governors

  • The only race that changed control was Missouri where Democrats won the open Republican seat.
  • The breakdown is now 28 Democrats, 22 Republicans, as Jan Brewer (R) succeeds Janet Napolitano (D) as Governor of Arizona. 

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