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House Races in which the 2006 Winner is Not Running

An exceptionally large number of represenatives elected in 2006 are not running in 2008. Open seats like these tend to be competitive unless the PVI (Charlie Cook's Partisan Voting Index) is very skewed one way or another, say D+10 or higher or R+10 or higher. The list below is sorted by PVI. All the district names are hyperlinked, either to a story about the race (if competitive) or a map of the district (if not). The colors represent the party that won in 2006.

Also check out the page discussing the Hot House races.

District 2006 winner Party PVI Reason for Vacancy
MD-04 Albert Wynn Dem D+30 Wynn lost the Democratic primary to Donna Edwards
CA-37 Juanita McDonald Dem D+27 McDonald died; replaced by Laura Richardson (D)
CA-12 Tom Lantos Dem D+22 Tom Lantos (D) died; Jackie Speier (D) won a special election in April 2008
NY-21 Michael McNulty Dem D+9 Apparently had enough after 10 terms; age: 60
IN-07 Julia Carson Dem D+9 Carson died; her grandson, Andre Carson (D) won a special election for her seat
MA-05 Marty Meehan Dem D+9 Rep. Meehan resigned; Niki Tsongas (D) won a special election
CO-02 Mark Udall Dem D+8 Running for Wayne Allard's Senate seat
ME-01 Tom Allen Dem D+6 Running against Susan Collins for the Senate
NM-03 Tom Udall Dem D+6 Running for Pete Domenici's Senate seat
NY-25 James Walsh GOP D+3 Apparently didn't stomach another hard-fought race like 2006
NJ-03 James Saxton GOP D+3 Apparently had enough after 12 terms; age: 64
NM-01 Heather Wilson GOP D+2 Running for Pete Domenici's Senate seat
OR-05 Darlene Hooley Dem D+1 After 32 years in public service, she's had enough
NY-13 Vito Fossella GOP D+1 Mr. Family Values has two families, one in NY, one in VA
IL-11 Jerry Weller GOP R+1 Probably due to growing scandals
VA-11 Tom Davis GOP R+1 Wants to make money in private sector plus tough fight expected
MN-03 Jim Ramstad GOP R+1 Not known; he could easily be reelected
NJ-07 Mike Ferguson GOP R+1 Not known
OH-11 Stepanie Tubbs-Jones Dem D+33 Tubbs-Jones died
OH-15 Deborah Pryce GOP R+1 No. 4 is GOP leadership; minority is no fun (?)
AZ-01 Rick Renzi GOP R+2 Would be defeated due to corruption scandals
FL-15 Dave Weldon GOP R+4 Unknown; he is a mere stripling at 54
OH-16 Ralph Regula GOP R+4 At 82 and in the minority, he's had it
IL-14 Dennis Hastert GOP R+5 Former Speaker Hastert (R) resigned; replaced by scientist Bill Foster (D)
IL-18 Ray LaHood GOP R+5 Unknown; he is only 61
NY-26 Tom Reynolds GOP R+5 Would have faced a very difficult race
VA-01 Jo Ann Davis GOP R+5 Davis died; replaced by Robert Wittman in a special election (R)
NM-02 Steve Pearce GOP R+6 Running for Pete Domenici's Senate seat
OH-07 David Hobson GOP R+6 Unclear; maybe his age (71)
AL-05 Bud Cramer Dem R+6 After 9 terms, he just had enough
MO-09 Kenny Hulshof GOP R+7 Running for governor
LA-06 Richard Baker GOP R+7 Baker took a $1 million job as a lobbyist; Don Cazayou (D) won a special election
LA-04 Jim McCrery GOP R+7 Ranking member of Ways and Means, sees he will never chair it
CA-52 Duncan Hunter GOP R+9 Running for President
CO-06 Tom Tancredo GOP R+10 Made an abortive run for President
MS-01 Roger Wicker GOP R+10 Wicker was appointed to Lott's Senate seat; Travis Childers (D) won special election
OH-05 Paul Gillmor GOP R+10 Paul Gillmor (R) died; replaced by Robert Latta (R) in a special election
PA-05 John Peterson GOP R+10 Age and health reasons
MD-01 Wayne Gilchrest GOP R+10 Gilchrest was defeated in the primary by Andy Harris
CA-04 John Doolittle GOP R+11 One scandal too many
KY-02 Ron Lewis GOP R+13 Not known
AL-02 Terry Everett GOP R+13 Unclear; he is a mere 70 and could serve 10 more years
MS-03 Chip Pickering GOP R+13 Got bored waiting for a Senate vacancy
LA-01 Bobby Jindal GOP R+18 Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana in 2007; special election won by Steve Scalise
WY-AL Barbara Cubin GOP R+19 Probably forced out by GOP leadership
UT-03 Chris Cannon GOP R+22 Cannon lost the primary to Jason Chaffetz (R)
GA-10 Charlie Norwood GOP R+23 Norwood died; replaced by Paul Broun (R) in a special election

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