Handful of House Races Still Uncalled

Posted November 8, 2012 at 6:30pm

The 113th Congress isn’t set yet. The winners in six House races remain unclear.

Here’s an update on those races:

  • In Arizona’s 2nd district, retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally (R) led Rep. Ron Barber (D), but there are early ballots and provisional ballots left to be counted. Both parties felt confident that the outcome of this race would be in their favor, but it might take a while to find out who is right. “It’s just gonna drag on there for a week or two,” one Arizona Democratic political insider said.
  • In Arizona’s new 9th district, former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) led ex-Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker (R) by about 2,700 votes, but many, many ballots remained to be counted, and the race has not yet been called by the Associated Press.
  • In California’s 7th district, physician Ami Bera (D) led Rep. Dan Lungren (R) by the slimmest of margins — 184 votes, according to the AP. A margin like that could make this race ripe for a recount, which must be requested by one of the candidates.
  • In California’s 52nd district, San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters (D) led Rep. Brian Bilbray by a few hundred votes. California insiders expected this race to remain undecided for a few days as more votes are counted.
  • Freshman Rep. Allen West (R) trailed businessman Patrick Murphy in Florida’s 18th district, giving both men a chance to write urgent email missives to their supporters. With legal action appearing imminent, Murphy sent out a fundraising appeal to supporters asking them to contribute to a “Voter Protection Fund.” Meanwhile, West wrote, “Given the numerous reports of irregularities at the polls and the chaos surrounding the counting of ballots, it is important that we carefully evaluate the results and investigate the irregularities.”  Republicans expect this one to drag on for a quite while.
  • In North Carolina’s 7th district, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) has a slim lead over state Sen. David Rouzer (R). The recanvassing process is ongoing and is expected to be resolved by Nov. 16. By then, there should be more clarity on this race, though Democrats in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., are confident McIntyre will pull out the win.