4 House Races Still Uncalled Nearly 2 Weeks After Midterms
After Nelson concedes in Florida Senate race, a handful of House races up in the air
Officials have yet to determine the winner in four House races nearly two weeks after the midterm elections.
Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson conceded to his GOP challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, on Sunday, drawing the final uncalled Senate race to a close.
Nelson trailed Scott in a manual recount by roughly 10,000 votes.
House Democrats have long since passed the threshold for a majority that they haven’t held since 2010. They currently have 232 seats called in their favor with the potential to win some of those five not-yet-called races. They’re likely to finish around 234 with a 33-seat majority.
In the Senate, the GOP flipped seats in Indiana, North Dakota, and Missouri — states that President Donald Trump won by double digits in 2016. But Democrats picked up seats in Nevada and Arizona.
Here are the races yet to be called as of Monday that will determine the size of the Republicans’ majority in the Senate and the Democrats’ in the House:
Hurd reverses trend with win over Democrat
Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones conceded to GOP Rep. Will Hurd on Monday in Texas’ 23rd District, where she trailed by roughly 900 votes.
A judge over the weekend struck down Ortiz Jones’ campaign’s motion to extend the provisional ballot counting deadline for people to verify their eligibility to vote.
Hurd’s victory reverses a trend of the remaining races breaking for Democrats.
Nine of the previous 10 House races that had been called by The Associated Press flipped to the Democrats after Gil Cisneros defeated Republican Young Kim in California’s 39th District. That seat is currently held by retiring GOP Rep. Ed Royce. Democrats now control every seat in Orange County, California, once a reliable GOP stronghold.
In Georgia’s 7th District, Rep. Rob Woodall leads by less than 500 votes over Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux in the Atlanta suburbs. Bourdeaux has called for a recount.
Utah Rep. Mia Love, who spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention and is the only African-American Republican woman in the House, pulled ahead of Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams by 419 votes with 96 percent of precincts reporting in the 4th District. Precincts in GOP-leaning Utah County and Democratic-leaning Salt Lake County are still reporting their results. The 0.16 percent margin separating Love and McAdams is within the 0.25 percent trigger for a recount under state law.
Democratic challenger Anthony Brindisi leads Rep. Claudia Tenney by about half a percentage point in New York’s 22nd District. Tenney ran one of the most pro-Trump campaigns of any vulnerable Republican this cycle.
In New York’s 27th District, Rep. Chris Collins has clung to a lead of less than 1 percent over his Democratic challenger, Nate McMurray. McMurray was in Washington, D.C., last week for New Member Orientation but may not actually ever make it to Congress.
A note on the Senate
The Mississippi special election for the final two years of former GOP Sen. Thad Cochran’s term is heading to a Nov. 27 runoff after no candidate cleared 50 percent on Election Night.
Just 1 point separated appointed GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and former Democratic Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, with Hyde-Smith ahead 41 percent to 40 percent. Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel took 16 percent of the vote.
Watch: Bill Nelson Makes a Statement on Florida’s Senate Race Recount