Democrats Gain Most House Seats in 44 Years

Even though all the votes aren’t in, the Democratic Party is on track to gain the most seats in over four decades, currently at 34 and predicted to reach 39.


A blue wave, at least in the House of Representatives, has caused the tide to shift for the Democratic Party. While votes are still being counted in several House races, Democrats have flipped seats in both New Jersey and Philadelphia.

These wins will take the total seats taken over by Democrats to 34. And it’s possible, when all votes are finally counted, that the final tally may be 39 seats.

Democrats gain most seats since 1974

When President Richard Nixon resigned in August 1974 following the Watergate scandal, it shifted Americans to move in the direction of Democrats, where that Fall, the party gained 49 seats in the House of Representatives.

Prior to 2018, Democrats also flipped 30 House seats in 2006 and 21 seats in 2008. Prior to that and after the huge flip in 1974, Democrats flipped 26 seats in 1982.

However, the Republicans have also had their own massive turnover of seats in the House as well. The largest occurred in 2010, when the GOP flipped 63 seats. Back in 1994, they flipped 52 seats and 34 seats in the year of Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980.

Where are the remaining races?

California: There are two tight races in California. In district 39 Republican Young Kim leads, but only by a margin of 700 votes, as Democrat Gil Cisneros is gaining.

In district 45 in California, Democrat Katie Porter is pulling ahead.

New York: In district 22, Democrat Anthony Brindisi has a 1,200-vote lead over the GOP incumbent Claudia Tenney. In district 27, the Republican candidate is leading.

Utah: In district 4, Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is leading GOP incumbent Mia Love by approximately 1,200 votes.

Maine: In district 2, incumbent GOP representative Bruce Poliquin leads.

Georgia: In district 7, the Republican candidate is leading.

Texas: In district 23, the Republican candidate is leading.