The GOP wave of 2010 that swept Republicans into a House majority was followed Tuesday with a small but significant riptide of former Democratic members of Congress reclaiming a spot in the lower chamber. Five former representatives knocked off two years ago claimed victory in their 2012 return bids, and Ann Kirkpatrick looks likely to add to that total in Arizona's 1st District. Charlie Wilson, running in Ohio's 6th District, was the only repeat loser.
Two of the congressional comeback kids -- Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire's 1st District and Dan Maffei in New York's 24th -- exacted revenge on their opponent from two years ago. Alan Grayson (Florida 9th), Bill Foster (Illinois 11th) and Dina Titus (Nevada 1st) found success in new districts.
Charles Djou, the only 2010 Republican loser running again, fell short in Hawaii's 1st District.
Other former representatives attempted to come back from a longer hiatus, and they found success as well.. Rick Nolan, out of office since 1981, returned Democratic control to Minnesota's 8th District by defeating Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn. Republicans Matt Salmon (Arizona 5th) and Steve Stockman (Texas 36th) are on their way back as well.
But Democrat Nick Lampson, defeated in 2008, came up short in Texas' 14th District.