List of Undeclared House Races
A handful of House races remain undecided. Only one of those races involves a seat currently held by Democrats -- GA-12. A GOP win there would slightly offset Democratic gains elsewhere
In Georgia's 12th, incumbent John Barrow (D) today claimed victory over former Rep. Max Burns (R). But the race has not been officially called. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, "Elections officials said they could not confirm Barrow's claim that he had defeated ... Burns until problems with a computer server in Effingham County were resolved and the electronic ballots cast in the Effingham portion of the huge district could be processed. Technicians arrived shortly before noon to begin working on the computers."
Elsewhere across the country, the following GOP-held seats remain too close to call:
* CT-02: Current returns from the Associated Press show Democrat Joe Courtney with a 167-vote margin over Rep. Rob Simmons (R). The Hartford Courant reports, "An automatic recount is triggered when the margin of victory is less than half of 1 percent and is no more than 2,000 votes, a standard that state and local election officials say they believe will easily be met. ... If a recount is ordered, it must be completed within five business days after the election. Friday is a state holiday to recognize Veterans Day, pushing the deadline into early next week."
* NM-01: Rep. Heather Wilson (R) holds a narrow lead over Attorney General Patricia Madrid (D), but elections officials are still counting some ballots. The Associated Press reports, "[S]till to be counted are 4,580 ballots in Bernalillo County that were kicked out of machines and must be hand-tallied, County Clerk Mary Herrera told reporters this morning. In addition, there are three precincts to be counted in Sandoval County and one in Santa Fe County. ... A wild card in the final unofficial count in Bernalillo County remains with 1,058 so-called 'in lieu of' ballots where a voter had requested but hadn't received an absentee ballot by mail and showed up at a polling place to vote, as well as 2,698 provisional ballots, which can be given out for a variety of reasons but are often disqualified."
* OH-02: Rep. Jean Schmidt (R) holds an apparently strong lead over Democrat Victoria Wulsin. But Wulsin says she will not concede until provisional ballots are counted. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, "Provisional ballots are counted after they checked to make sure the voters were eligible. It wasn't clear how many such ballots there are."
OH-15: Rep. Deborah Pryce, a member of the GOP House leadership, holds a significant lead over Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy. But WBNS-TV reports that "Franklin County elections board numbers in the Pryce-Kilroy race are in question. The Associated Press is trying to contact elections officials to determine the correct results. ... Earlier in the day, Mary Jo Kilroy held a press conference saying she was not conceding and was still in the race."
TX-23: There will be a runoff in this race, long-delayed fallout from the Supreme Court decision that The Associated Press reported: "The race was thrown open this summer when the Supreme Court ruled that the district, redrawn by the Legislature in 2003, violated the Voting Rights Act by diluting minority votes. The boundaries were drawn again in August by a panel of judges, and the Hispanic voting-age population rose to 61 percent, from 51 percent in 2004. Five districts that were redrawn by the panel because of the high court's decision held special elections Tuesday. The 23rd was the only one to remain undecided. It appeared the incumbents in each of the other districts would get the more than 50 percent they needed to avoid a runoff."
* WA-08: The Democratic challenger in this race is not ready to concede. With 53 percent of the vote in, Rep. Dave Reichert (R) leads Darcy Burner (D) by nearly 3,000 votes. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer says its own analysis shows that Reichert will win reelection: "A P-I analysis of returns released early Wednesday shows that Reichert has nearly won his return to the U.S. House of Representatives. The former King County sheriff put up a substantial victory in Pierce County, while losing by a whisker in King County. According to the latest results, Reichert is 2,653 ahead. Because Reichert won both at the polls and in early absentee counting, Burner will most likely lose unless political lightning strikes among the votes remaining to be counted."
* WY-AL: Rep. Barbara Cubin (R) may have pulled off a very narrow win over Democrat Gary Trauner. Official results are pending, however. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the "Associated Press still considered the race too close to call and was waiting for official results; results will become official after the State Canvassing Board meeds Nov. 15." Current tallies show Cubin ahead of Trauner by less than 1,000 votes.
UPDATE: A reader notes that NC-08 is also too close to call. Rep. Robin Hayes (R) has a razor-thin margin over Democrat Larry Kissell.
-- washingtonpost.com Editors
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