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The Congressional Rematches to Watch

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N,H. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, after national security officials briefed lawmakers on the situation in Syria. President Barack Obama has requested congressional authorization of military intervention in Syria in response to last month's alleged sarin gas attack in the Syrian civil war.
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Sept. 14, 2016, 9:15 a.m.

Rep. Frank Guinta‘s Re­pub­lic­an primary vic­tory Tues­day makes the gen­er­al-elec­tion race in New Hamp­shire’s 1st Dis­trict the fi­nal ad­di­tion to a siz­able list of com­pet­it­ive re­matches.

— This is Guinta’s fourth straight match­up with his Demo­crat­ic chal­lenger, former Rep. Car­ol Shea-Port­er, in a dis­trict that has swung back and forth between pres­id­en­tial and midterm cycles. There is nearly as long a streak in Illinois’s 10th Dis­trict, where Re­pub­lic­an Rep. Bob Dold faces Demo­crat­ic former Rep. Brad Schneider for the third time in a row.

— Oth­er re­matches to watch in­clude two dis­tricts in which Don­ald Trump could over­per­form: Maine’s 2nd Dis­trict, where Demo­crat­ic former state Sen. Emily Cain came up short in a 2014 open-seat race against Re­pub­lic­an Bruce Poli­quin, and Min­nesota’s 8th Dis­trict, where Re­pub­lic­an busi­ness­man Stew­art Mills is tak­ing a second shot at Demo­crat­ic Rep. Rick No­lan. Trump will al­most cer­tainly un­der­per­form Mitt Rom­ney in Utah’s 4th Dis­trict, where fresh­man Re­pub­lic­an Rep. Mia Love once again faces Demo­crat Doug Owens.

— Demo­crat­ic former Reps. Pete Gal­lego in Texas’s 23rd Dis­trict and Joe Gar­cia in Flor­ida’s 26th Dis­trict are chal­len­ging the Re­pub­lic­ans who ous­ted them in 2014, Reps. Will Hurd and Car­los Cur­belo, re­spect­ively. Mean­while, in a gen­er­al elec­tion fea­tur­ing two Demo­crats, Ro Khanna is giv­ing Rep. Mike Honda an­oth­er run for his money in Cali­for­nia’s 17th Dis­trict.

There are plenty more House race re­matches across the coun­try, though mostly in dis­tricts that lean heav­ily Demo­crat­ic or Re­pub­lic­an. There is also a prom­in­ent Sen­ate grudge match in Wis­con­sin, where Demo­crat­ic former Sen. Russ Fein­gold seeks to avenge his 2010 loss to Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Ron John­son.

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