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Republican incumbents in once-solidly GOP strongholds are behind in New Hampshire and Kansas, CNN reports. That could have implications for California’s 50th Congressional District.

Republican Rep. Charles Bass is trailing Democratic challenger Paul Hodes in New Hampshire’s 2nd District. Hodes has 53 percent of the vote compared Bass’ 45 percent with 68 percent of precincts reporting, according to CNN.

In Kansas’ 2nd District, Democratic Nancy Boyda is beating Republican incumbent Jim Ryun. Boyda has 54 percent of the vote and Ryun has 44 percent with 47 percent of precincts reporting, according to CNN.

“The Kansas result is a bit of a surprise, which indicates that the Democratic gains will be on the high side but it’s still not a complete surprise,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a former GOP advisor. “So far it’s a great night for Democrats; whether it will be strong enough to reach the 50th remains to be seen.”

DANIEL STRUMPF

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