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.
— Kyle Trygstad
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