In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), a former member of GOP leadership and key player in the Republican tax cut plan, has lost his reelection fight in a Democratic-swinging suburban district.

Businessman Sean Casten (D) led Roskam by 53 percent to 47 percent with 55 percent of precincts reporting. The Associated Press has called the race.

Roskam had long been a power player in the GOP conference, and as a key subcommittee chairman on the House Ways & Means Committee played an integral role in the GOP’s successful push to dramatically lower corporate interest rates and cut personal rates.

But while his suburban Chicago district had intentionally been drawn by Democrats to be safely Republican so they could gerrymander safe seats around him, it was part of the dramatic suburban swing against President Trump in 2016, and continued this pattern in 2018.

The district had been won by Mitt Romney by eight points in 2012, but Trump lost it by seven — a similar margin as Roskam’s loss.

He’s one of the most powerful Republicans who’ve been shown the door by voters on election night, along with House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX).

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Texas is still Texas.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has held off a spirited challenge from Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) to hang onto his seat for another term. Cruz led O’Rourke 51 percent to 48 percent with 80 percent of precincts reporting. Multiple networks have called the race.

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Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman lost his reelection bid Tuesday, pushing Democrats one seat closer to retaking control of the House of Representatives.

NBC News and CNN called the race for Democrat Jason Crow.

Coffman was expected to lose his race in his Democratic-leaning district outside of Denver. The Congressional Leadership Fund canceled its TV advertising reservations for Coffman in late September.

The Republican nominee faced intense backlash even before President Trump took office, with constituents showing up in droves at his town halls to urge him to protect Obamacare.

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Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) has defeated Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), returning a seat in a deep red state to the GOP column and putting one of President Trump’s earliest and fiercest supporters in the Senate.

Cramer led Heitkamp 59 percent to 41 percent with 42 percent of precincts reporting. Multiple networks have called the race.

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Moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin fended off his Republican challenger in West Virginia Tuesday night, keeping his Senate seat in Democrats’ hands despite the conservative tilt of the state.

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