GOP Defeats Democrats 8-7 Ending 7 Year Skid (June 23, 2016)

The Republicans celebrate after defeating the Democrats 8-7 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on June 23, 2016 in the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. The game ended a 7 year losing streak for the GOP. In photo, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) (left) wearing a Rajin' Cajuns' jersey and Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) with the University of Alabama jersey support the winner's trophy. (Photo by Jeff Malet)

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The annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity is on track to set a fundraising record, following Wednesday's mass shooting at a baseball practice that left U.S. Majority Whip Steve Scalise critically injured.

The event's official Facebook page announced today 20,000 tickets have been sold for Thursday night's game and more than $1 million has been raised for Congressional Sports for Charity.

The game, which pits Congressional Democrats against Republicans, begins at 6 p.m. at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Scalise, R-Jefferson, remains in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, but players insisted on going ahead with Thursday night's game in his honor. The players will all wear LSU baseball caps, donated by Scalise's alma mater following the shooting.

Scalise and four others were shot and injured at an early morning baseball practice Wednesday.

The suspected gunman, James Hodgkinson, of Illinois, was killed by return fire from law enforcement.

Money raised from the annual event goes to Washington-area charities, including The Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

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