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1 Senate, 5 House Races Still Too Close to Call (Updated)

McSally is a Republican from Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
McSally is a Republican from Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated Nov. 11, 7:35 a.m. |  A week after Election Day, six races remain too close to call as local officials continue to count mail-in and provisional ballots.  

On Nov. 4, Republicans took control of the Senate by picking up seven seats so far, while House Republicans have picked up a net of 12 seats to date.  

In Alaska, Republican Dan Sullivan leads Democratic Sen. Mark Begich by about 8,000 votes. It could be another week before outstanding 50,000 outstanding ballots — and an unknown number of absentee ballots from rural Alaskan villages — are counted. Republicans are confident Sullivan will maintain his lead .  

Republican retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally’s lead over Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., narrowed to 341 votes this weekend. After additional ballots were counted on Monday, McSally’s lead shrunk further to 179 votes. The margin currently falls within the range for an automatic recount .  

About 3,000 votes remain to be counted. The McSally camp lost a challenge on Monday to the validity of some provisional ballots in Pima County — a Barber stronghold.  

Most operatives expected the race for Arizona’s 2nd District to go into overtime for ballot counting. In the first Barber-McSally race in 2012, the election was not called until 11 days after Election Day.  

Republicans currently lead in two California House races.

  • Former Republican Rep. Doug Ose led freshman Rep. Ami Bera by 2,183 votes in the Sacramento-based 7th District over the weekend. That lead dwindled significantly to 530 votes on Monday. About 20,000 ballots remain.
  • Republican Johnny Tacherra also leads Democratic Rep. Jim Costa by 741 votes in an unexpectedly close race. The remaining ballots hail from Fresno County, a more Democratic part of the district, but it’s unclear whether that’s enough for Costa to win.

Democrats lead in two other races, one in California and one in New York.

  • Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., leads Republican state Assemblyman Jeff Gorell by 1,028 votes. That’s nearly double the lead she held after Election Day, with more ballots slated to be added to the tally Monday.
  • The Associated Press has also yet to call the race in New York’s 25th District. Rep. Louise M. Slaughter leads Republican Mark Assini by 582 votes.

The AP called a handful of other races over the weekend.

  • Democratic Rep. Scott Peters defeated Republican Carl DeMaio in California’s 52nd District. Peters led DeMaio by about 4,500 votes when the AP called the race on Nov. 7. DeMaio conceded Sunday.
  • Rep. Michael M. Honda defeated Democratic attorney Ro Khanna, 52 percent to 48 percent, when the AP called the race. Khanna conceded shortly thereafter.
  • Rep. Jerry McNerney defeated little-known Republican Tony Amador, 52 percent to 48 percent. Despite the close race, the contest never made it onto the national radar.

For a full list of winners and losers, check CQ Roll Call’s election map .  

Roll Call Results Map: Results and District Profiles for Every Seat

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