How did #5in5 candidates fare?


Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) (Associated Press)

We spent this election cycle visiting with 30 candidates in 15 key House races across the country. So how did the candidate profiled as part of our #5in5 project fare Tuesday night?

Let’s take a look — an * means the candidate won:

#5in5 trip 1: Iowa to Illinois:

Iowa 3: Rep. Tom Latham (R)* vs. Rep. Leonard Boswell

Iowa 4: Rep. Steve King (R)* vs. Christie Vilsack

Illinois 16: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R)* vs. Wandal Rohl (D)

Illinois 8: Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) vs. Tammy Duckworth (D)*

Illinois 11: Rep. Judy Biggert (R) vs. former Rep. Bill Foster (D)*

#5in5 trip 2: Pennsylvania and Ohio:

Pennsylvania 12: Rep. Mark Critz (D) vs. Keith Rothfus (R)*

Pennsylvania 3: Rep. Mike Kelly (R)* vs. Missa Eaton (D)

Ohio 7: Rep. Bob Gibbs (R)* vs. Joyce Healy-Abrams (D)

Ohio 6: Rep. Bill Johnson (R)* vs. former Rep. Charlie Wilson (D)

Ohio 16: Rep. Jim Renacci (R)* vs. Rep. Betty Sutton (D)

#5in5 trip 3: Florida:

Florida 26: Rep. David Rivera (R) vs. Joe Garcia (D)*

Florida 22: Lois Frankel (D)* vs. Adam Hasner (R)

Florida 9: Former representative Alan Grayson (D)* vs. Todd Long (R)

Florida 10: Rep. Daniel Webster (R)* vs. Val Demings (D)

Florida 18: Rep. Allen West (R) vs. Patrick Murphy (D)

Republicans won at least nine of the 15 races profiled by #5in5. Of the two incumbent-vs.-incumbent matchups, Republicans won both (Latham and Renacci). We profiled three races where former House Democrats were running to return to Washington; two of those candidates won (Grayson and Foster). Of the nine tea party-backed freshmen we profiled, three of them lost (Walsh, Rivera and West).

You’ll notice that the last race listed — West vs. Murphy — has no asterisk. That’s because the race is undergoing a recount. If Murphy prevails, he will be the only winner among the six first-time Democratic candidates profiled. Among those Democrats, Val Demings performed the best, suggesting she could run again (especially if her Florida district is redrawn after several court challenges).

Who won in your House district? Check out The Washington Post’s House Election Results Page

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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