Five House Races Still Outstanding
By Abby Livingston and Kyle TrygstadPosted November 12, 2012 at 6:55pm
Five House races remain unresolved almost a week after Election Day.
The two main developments since Friday in uncalled races were in California and Arizona. Earlier today, Democratic former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema won the race against Republican Vernon Parker in Arizona’s 9th district. On Friday night, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R) formally conceded to Democrat Raul Ruiz. Here are the races still up in the air:
Democratic Rep. Ron Barber led retired Republican Air Force Col. Martha McSally by about 500 votes Monday afternoon. Arizona Democrats are increasingly confident he will hold onto the seat, based on the geographic trendlines they are seeing as the votes come in.
Democratic physician Ami Bera’s lead over GOP Rep. Dan Lungren continues to increase. It hit 1,779 votes as of Sunday night. Once vote counting is finished the slim margin could make this race ripe for a recount, which must be requested by one of the candidates.
San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters, a Democrat, led GOP Rep. Brian Bilbray by 1,334 votes as of Sunday night, an increase of about 400 votes since the close of counting on Thursday. A recount is also likely in this race.
Republican Rep. Allen West trailed Democratic businessman Patrick Murphy by more than 1,900 votes on Monday, according to the Associated Press, which has not yet called the race. West has not yet conceded.
North Carolina 7th
Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre has a slim lead over Republican state Sen. David Rouzer. The recanvassing process is expected to conclude 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.