Tags: | drama | House | races | five

Politico: Five House Races to Watch in Midterms

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 08:51 PM

With much of the talk surrounding next week's midterm elections centered on the Senate as Republicans look to gain control of that chamber, there is still some drama happening in House races.

Politico breaks down five races in the House that are not lacking excitement one week from election day.

In Arizona, the race for who will represent the 2nd district is coming down to the wire. Democratic incumbent Ron Barber, who was injured in a 2011 shooting that nearly killed former Rep. Gabriel Giffords, is facing Republican Martha McSally — a retired Air Force officer who nearly beat him in 2012.

A poll released Monday shows Barber with a 2-point lead, 48 percent to 46 percent. Five percent of voters polled were undecided when asked whom they would support on Nov. 4.

In California, Democrat Scott Peters, who began representing the 52nd district in 2013, is nearly even with his Republican challenger, Carl DeMaio. A poll last week gave DeMaio a 1-point lead. In June, DeMaio was enjoying a 7-point lead.

DeMaio, who is openly gay, served on the San Diego City Council from 2008 to 2012. He was recently accused of sexual harassment and bribery by a former campaign worker, accusations he has denied.

In Nebraska, meanwhile, the race for the 2nd district got charged up recently after the National Republican Congressional Committee released an ad that called into question Democrat Brad Ashford's support of sentencing reforms for felons.

Republican incumbent Lee Terry took office in 1999, but is locked in a tight contest with Ashford.

In New York, a surprising turn of events has Republican Rep. Michael Grimm on the verge of winning re-election despite facing a 20-count federal indictment that alleges he skimmed $1 million from a restaurant he owned before he won his first term in 2010.

Grimm's legal troubles don't seem to be slowing down voter support for him in the 11th district, which encompasses all of Staten Island. A poll last month, for example, showed he had a 4-point lead over Democrat Domenic Recchia.

Earlier this year, Grimm's campaign had trouble finding workers because of the indictment, and in January he threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony.

In West Virginia, Democrat Nick Rahall has been in office since 1977, but now he finds himself on the verge of losing his 3rd district seat to Republican Evan Jenkins, who has twice switched political parties during his career.

Jenkins was a Republican before changing to a Democrat in 1993 as he chased a seat in the state's House of Delegates. Last year, however, Jenkins once again became a Republican before filing his campaign papers to challenge Rahall.

Republican groups have spent a lot of money in the race trying to paint a bleak picture of West Virginia under Rahall's leadership. According to the Politico report, polls show Jenkins with a slight lead.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Politics
With much of the talk surrounding next week's midterm elections centered on the Senate as Republicans look to gain control of that chamber, there is still some drama happening in House races.
drama, House, races, five
479
2014-51-28
Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 08:51 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved