Final Composition of House Decided for 113th Congress

Final Composition of House Decided for 113th Congress

With North Carolina’s 7th District race finally decided, the political party composition of the House for the 113th Congress is now determined:  234 Republicans and 201 Democrats.

That compares to the current makeup of 242-193, so is a net gain of 8 seats for the Democrats, but keeps the House firmly in Republican hands.

The North Carolina race was won by incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre over Republican David Rouzer.  After a recount, McIntyre won by 654 votes out of more than 336,000 cast.

One congressional contest remains in contention, but it is a run-off between two Republicans so the outcome will not change the political composition.  That election is for Louisiana’s 3rd District and pits two incumbents — Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry — against each other due to redistricting.  The run-off election is December 8. 

The composition of the Senate in the 113th Congress will be 53 Democrats, 2 independents who plan to caucus with the Democrats, and 45 Republicans.   That compares with the current composition of 51 Democrats, 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats, and 47 Republicans, a net gain of two for Democrats, who continue to control that body.

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