Democrats defeat 5 House GOP incumbents
By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer 22 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - Pushing for House control, Democrats
defeated five Republican congressman Tuesday while
several other GOP incumbents struggled to fend off
fierce challenges rooted in disenchantment with a war,
a president and scandal on Capitol Hill.
"We are on the brink of a great Democratic victory,"
predicted Rep. Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting
record), a California Democrat in line to become the
first female House speaker if her party gains 15 seats
to win control of the House and end the GOP's 12-year
In the conservative Ohio River Valley, Democrats
ousted Reps. John Hostettler, Chris Chocola and Mike
Sodrel in Indiana, and Anne Northup in Kentucky.
Republican Rep. Nancy Johnson (news, bio, voting
record) in Connecticut lost, and two of her GOP
colleagues there, Rob Simmons and Christopher Shays,
fought for their political lives.