House Democrats are pushing back against some Republican gains in the South, picking up their first seat from Republicans in Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's gerrymandered Maryland district.
The twenty-year House veteran fell to Democrat John Delaney, according to the Associated Press, which called the race. Delaney led Bartlett 59 percent to 38 with half of precincts reporting. Bartlett's loss is a direct result of Maryland redistricting, which pushed the Maryland Republican into a district that supported President Obama with 57 percent of its votes in 2008. With Bartlett facing an difficult reelection, GOP outside groups and the National Republican Congressional Committee were not willing to spend money in the expensive D.C. media market to give Bartlett any hope of defeating the wealthy Delaney.