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October 23, 2014

5 Sleeper House Races

5 Sleeper House Races

Keating is a Massachusetts Democrat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the midst of wall-to-wall political coverage before Election Day, this handful of House races have managed to mostly fly under the radar.

These are sleeper races, from Arkansas to West Virginia, where the district’s partisan breakdown does not reflect the competitive nature of the race.

As little as two weeks ago, some of these contests were completely overlooked by national political operatives. But new polling suggests these races — like many more competitive contests — are closing, creating eleventh-hour opportunities for the parties.

To be sure, these seats won’t necessarily flip party control on Nov. 4. But thanks to recent events, they should make any election night watch list.

In alphabetical order, here are five sleeper House races of 2014:

Arkansas’ 2nd District Full story

July 30, 2013

GOP Gay Rights Group Adds Gabriel Gomez to Board

Massachusetts Republican Gabriel Gomez has joined the board of GOProud, the conservative, gay rights organization announced Tuesday.

Last month, Gomez lost the Bay State special election for Senate to Democrat Edward J. Markey. But he’s hinted that he might run for office again soon.

He hasn’t shut the door on another bid against Markey in the 2014 general, telling the Boston Globe in a post-election interview that “nothing’s off the table” in terms of future runs. And the National Republican Congressional Committee has said Gomez would be an attractive candidate to run against Democratic Rep. William Keating in the 9th District.

Full story

July 11, 2013

Gomez Catches House GOP’s Eye After Massachusetts Loss

Gomez Catches House GOPs Eye After Massachusetts Loss

Walden, the NRCC chairman, has expressed interest in Gomez running for the House next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House GOP’s campaign chief expressed interest in Republican Gabriel Gomez running in Massachusetts’ 9th District next year against Democratic Rep. William Keating.

Gomez lost to Democrat Rep. Edward J. Markey in the special election for Senate last month. But the former Navy SEAL’s candidacy caught the attention of the national GOP — including National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden.

“He did outperform Markey in the [9th District] by 7 points,” Walden told CQ Roll Call in a Wednesday interview. “That got our attention.” Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 3:32 p.m.
House 2016, Mass.-9, NRCC

February 19, 2012

Massachusetts: Keating Dodges Serious Three-Way Primary in New District

Freshman Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.) is a political survivor.

He squeaked out a victory in the 2010 primary for his seat, winning against ex-state Sen. Robert O’Leary by only 1,297 votes. And he won his seat in Congress with 47 percent of the vote after a brutal battle with a Republican and a few independent candidates. In redistricting, his 10th district was eliminated and replaced with a new 9th district that didn’t include his home in Quincy.

But Keating managed to land on his feet, changing his primary residence to a summer house on Cape Cod and entering the race with all the benefits of incumbency.

On Wednesday, Keating caught a break. O’Leary won’t run against him in the primary, giving Keating a clearer shot to another term. There are no serious GOP contenders for the district currently in the race, which Roll Call rates as Safe Democratic. Full story

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