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GOP Expected to Retain Control of House

Wednesday, 08 November 2000 12:00 AM

Republicans were winning 207 seats compared to 192 for the Democrats, with 35 seats still undecided. Republicans held a 223-210 majority in the House during the 106th Congress.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert said early this morning that he was "cautiously optimistic" that Republicans would maintain their majority.

Republicans scored some key victories and were holding their ground, with Democrats battling to win seven seats and gain a majority in the House.

In Connecticut, Republican challenger Robert Simmons was beating incumbent Democrat Rep. Sam Gejdenson.

In Virginia, Republican Edward Schrock beat Democrat Jody Wagner in a seat that was Democrat, CNN reported. And in Missouri's 6th District, Republican Samuel Graves appeared to be toppling Democrat Steve Danner, son of the retiring incumbent, Pat Danner.

Democrats, on the other hand, picked up a congressional seat in Oklahoma that is a vital part of their bid to regain control of the House. In the 2nd Congressional District there, attorney Brad Carson was expected to beat auto dealer Andy Ewing.

In other key districts, victories have been offset by losses, leaving the party split unchanged.

Democrats will pick up the seat in New York's 2nd District vacated by Republican Rep. Rick Lazio, who has lost in his quest to win in the Senate against Hillary Clinton. There, Democrat Steve Israel will probably beat Republican Joan Johnson. But that victory is offset by a likely win by Republican Felix Grucci over Regina Seltzer in the 1st District. Seltzer defeated Democrat Michael Forbes in the primary.

Also, in Pennsylvania's 10th District, incumbent Republican Rep. Don Sherwood may lose to Democrat Pat Casey, but Sherwood has been surging as late returns have come in. A loss here will be mitigated by a Republican pickup in the Keystone State, where Republican Melissa Hart beat Terry Van Horne for the seat being vacated by Democrat Rep. Ron Klink in the 4th District, CNN said. Klink has lost the U.S. Senate race to incumbent Rick Santorum.

In other key races, the gridlock in the House could remain the status quo. In Kentucky, vulnerable Republican Reps. Anne Northup and Ernie Fletcher will hold their seats. In Indiana, Republican Rep. John Hostettler is also projected to hold his seat.

In West Virginia, the race to fill the slot being vacated by Democrat Rep. Robert Wise, who is running for governor, remains too close to call. There, Democrat Jim Humphreys is locked in a tight race with Republican Shelley Moore Capito, but only after spending close to $6 million of his own money to do so. Capito has also shown strength as the votes have been counted.

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