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Thu Nov 3, 2016, 07:02 PM

8 Tight House Races to Watch on Election Night

Source: ABC News

8 Tight House Races to Watch on Election Night

By BENJAMIN SIEGEL - Nov 3, 2016, 12:31 PM ET

This year, Republicans are working to defend their 30-seat House majority -- the largest since 1928 -- from any down-ballot fallout from the presidential campaign. As results pour in on Election Night, here are some close races to watch:

Virginia 10: Keeping Distance From Donald Trump in Northern Virginia

Rep. Barbara Comstock, the freshman GOP congresswoman representing the D.C. suburbs, needs Trump backers to help her win re-election in northern Virginia. But she’ll also need the support of well-educated and affluent suburban women the GOP nominee has alienated. She's walked a fine line, mentioning the GOP nominee on the stump, but also calling on him to withdraw from the race after the release of a 2005 video of Trump making lewd comments about groping women. Real estate executive LuAnn Bennett, the Democratic candidate, and outside groups have flooded airwaves with ads linking Comstock to the GOP presidential nominee. ABC News Race Rating: Tossup

Florida 07: Top Republican Fights to Save Political Career

Rep. John Mica, the former chairman of the House Transportation Committee, faces the toughest re-election fight of his career. Redistricting has left his Orlando-area seat younger and more Democratic-leaning, making him vulnerable to Democrat Stephanie Murphy, a former Defense Department analyst and the daughter of Vietnamese refugees. A Mica loss on Election Night in Florida -- one of the first states where polls close -- could be a warning sign for House Republicans. ABC News Race Rating: Tossup

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