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Esty, Himes, DeLauro, Courtney and Larson re-elected

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Elizabeth Esty, Jim Himes, Rosa DeLauro, Joe Courtney and John Larson were re-elected to the U.S House of Representatives on Tuesday.

However, the race for the 5th District was unexpectedly close on Tuesday.  

Esty was able to hold off challenger Clay Cope.  

The 5th District is historically Republican, but has leaned Democratic since 2004. Esty's challenger is the first selectman out of Sherman. This race, very different than previous ones for Esty where her GOP candidates had plenty of cash to run attack ads. This election, Esty raised close to $2 million, while Cope raised $100,000.  

Himes was re-elected to a fourth term in the House. He defeated Republican state Rep. John Shaban of Redding, an attorney who's served in the Connecticut General Assembly since 2011.

The 50-year-old Himes is a former Goldman Sachs & Co. banker from Greenwich. He touted his efforts to create financial regulatory reform, help improve the economy and support more funding to improve roads, bridges and rail lines.

Shaban questioned Himes' effectiveness in Congress, including his unsuccessful efforts to pass gun control legislation. Shaban called Himes' participation in a sit-in over gun legislation "useless histrionics." Himes has said symbolic actions will prompt real change.

The Himes campaign had $2.29 million cash on hand on Oct. 19 compared to Shaban's $23,823.

DeLauro is returning to the House for a 14th term. The Democrat from New Haven on Tuesday defeated Angel Cadena Jr., a Marine Corps veteran and truck driver from Shelton.

"Thank you. Thank you so much. You have given me another chance. I am grateful. To my family and friends and the good people of Connecticut who have once again come through with their votes, thank you for your trust and confidence, and for this honor. It means so much to me," DeLauro said in a statement on Tuesday. 

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DeLauro said during the campaign she's fighting to help families struggling financially. She called for making college more affordable and increasing the minimum wage. She also advocated creation of a national infrastructure bank, which she says would take politics out of the process for funding projects.

Cadena's campaign was unable to afford yard signs and touted his underdog status. Cadena said on his Facebook page he was on a quest "to break through the glass ceiling that has defined the limitations of individual liberty."

Courtney has fended off three challengers to win a sixth term representing eastern Connecticut. The Democrat from Vernon has represented the 2nd Congressional District since 2007. He bested Republican Daria Novak, Green Party candidate Jonathan Pelto and Libertarian Daniel Reale on Tuesday.

During the campaign, Courtney touted his efforts to boost production of Virginia-class fast attack submarines at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton from one to two per year. His supporters have since nicknamed the House Armed Services Committee member "Two Sub Joe."

Courtney also noted his efforts to work with Republicans, including U.S. Sen. John McCain, to introduce legislation to help veterans and active duty military work as public school teachers.

Larson has won re-election to a 10th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Democrat on Tuesday fended off challenges from Republican Matt Corey and Green Party candidate Mike DeRosa.

Larson was heavily favored to win the race for the seat in the district located in a heavily Democratic part of Connecticut. He touted proposals such as expanding national service opportunities for students in exchange for forgiving college debt and requiring universal background checks for guns sales.

Larson said he's also working to bring more jobs to places such as Hartford's North End. Corey challenged him on that, questioning whether voters are any better off than they were 18 years ago when Larson was first elected.

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