WASHINGTON — With so much focus on the presidential race and battle for the Senate, it’s easy to lose sight of the key contests for control of the House.
So we’ve got you covered.
With Republicans needing to flip a net 17 seats to regain control of the House, and with the Cook Political Report saying it’s more likely than not that Democrats add to their majority, here are the 11 House contests we’ll be watching.
Suffice it to say that the party that wins a majority of these 11 House races will end up having the better Election Night/Week/Month.
Endangered GOP incumbents (3)
Arizona 06: (GOP incumbent David Schweikert is running against Democrat Hiral Tipirneni)
Pennsylvania 01: (GOP incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick is running against Democrat Christina Finello)
New Jersey 02: (Party-switching GOP incumbent Jeff Van Drew is running against Democrat Amy Kennedy)
The GOP-held open seats (3)
Indiana 05: (Democrat Christina Hale is running against Victoria Spartz in the Indianapolis suburbs)
Texas 24: (Democrat Candace Valenzuela is running against Republican Beth Van Duyne in the Dallas/Ft Worth burbs)
Virginia 05: (Democrat Cameron Webb is running against Republican Bob Good)
Democrats holding big Trump seats (1)
Minnesota 07: (Democrat incumbent Collin Peterson is running against Republican Michelle Fischbach)
Freshmen Dems running to hold on to their seats (4)
Georgia 06: (Democrat Lucy McBath is running against Republican Karen Handel)
New Mexico 02: (Democrat Xochitl Torres Small is running against Republican Yvette Herrell)
Oklahoma 05: (Democrat Kendra Horn is running against Republican Stephanie Bice)
South Carolina 01: (Democrat Joe Cunningham is running against Republican Nancy Mace)
Day 2 of the Amy Coney Barrett hearings
After yesterday’s opening statements in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, today begins with the actual questions from senators.
Per NBC’s Julie Tsirkin, all 22 senators on the committee will get 30 minutes to ask questions. And with its 9:00 a.m. ET start, plus breaks for lunch and dinner, today’s hearing could last until 10:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m. ET, Tsirkin says.
And there will be a second round of questions tomorrow.
Data Download: The numbers you need to know today
7,845,338: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, per the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 42,061 more than yesterday morning.)
216,281: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far. (That’s 343 more than yesterday morning.)
116.43 million: The number of coronavirus tests that have been administered in the United States so far, according to researchers at The COVID Tracking Project.
74 percent: The share of Americans who say the pandemic has either had a “very” or “fairly” major impact on their lives, per a new NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll.
An hour and 15 minutes: The shortest line to vote at one of nine voting locations in Gwinnett Co, Ga., yesterday at 5pm, according to the county website.
More than 50: The number