It’s early, but for House Republicans, this night could have gone much worse. Yes, Barbara Comstock lost in Virginia’s tenth district, which most analysts expected. A few polls had the GOP hoping they could hold on to Florida’s 27th, but Donna Shalala is going to win there. You may remember the 77-year-old Shalala as Bill Clinton’s secretary of health and human services.
But if we can’t quite rule out the “Blue Wave,” we can rule out the “Blue Tsunami.” Denver Riggleman is going to keep Virginia’s fifth district red. In Florida’s 15th district, Ross Spano kept an open seat red, defeating Kristen Carlson. In Florida’s 18th, Representative Brian Mast held off Lauren Baer. In Florida’s 25th district, Representative Mario Diaz-Balart held on against Mary Barzee Flores.
These districts weren’t top-tier Democratic targets, but they were the sorts of seats that Republicans would lose if the bottom fell out. And as of this writing, Dave Brat in Virginia is hanging on and NBC News is projecting that Kentucky’s Andy Barr will win. Brat and Barr were two of the Democrats’ top targets.