House Republican Gains Rise To 62 Seats

Shane D’Aprile
The Hill

Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas) conceded defeat to Republican challenger Blake Farenthold late Monday after the recount he requested barely made a dent in the Republican’s election night lead. Farenthold’s final margin of victory stood at 648 votes.

Farenthold’s victory completes one of 2010’s biggest upsets on the House side and brings the number of GOP House gains this year to 62.

Republicans won back a House majority in the midterm election after four years in the minority.

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