Which Election Races Have Yet to Be Decided?
A great deal of the political map was colored in Tuesday night, whether red, green, purple, or otherwise, as precincts began reporting in after 7 p.m. Some of the races were called early on, even with only a quarter of votes in, while others went down to the very last minute. Watching an election race really is like tuning in for a highly politicized sports game, rife with implications for your daily life and the path of your nation. It’s exciting, depressing, thrilling, and heartbreaking, all at once.
Some states, and a few senatorial and gubernatorial candidates, are still hanging on tender-hooks though, waiting to find out which candidate will hold the office. Surprisingly, Georgia was not one of them, managing to avoid runoff elections and firmly placing David Perdue (R) in the seat over Michelle Nunn (D).
Gubernatorial races with candidates tapping their feet and checking their watches
In Alaska, where the gubernatorial race was considered one of the closer ones worth keeping an eye on, we’ll have to wait possibly as long as a week while absentee ballots are counted. So far, independent Bill Walker has a slight edge over Republican Sean Parnell, but at present the race is too close to call.
While candidates in Alaska have been keeping fairly quiet while waiting to hear additional numbers, not wanting to jump the gun in all likelihood, Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) had no such qualms, prior to the race in Connecticut being called. “We don’t have the final numbers,” he said to a crowd, according to News 8, “but we know what the big numbers are and we are going to win this thing.”
Foley didn’t concede, waiting for the final confirmation, but he was aware the race was lost early on. He was somewhat accusatory over Malloy’s method of announcing his victory. He told News 8, “The way this is supposed to work is when you have firm numbers and you know you’ve lost the race you’re supposed to call the winner and congratulate him. But he didn’t give me a chance.” Still, the races in Alaska and Vermont will both have a chance to accept the results with slightly more restraint and ceremony. Potential representatives waiting on results
Unsurprisingly, the largest number of races still undecided are in the House of Representatives, where 15 seats have yet to be called. One in Arizona (District 2), seven in California (Districts 7, 9, 16, 17, 26, 31, and 52), one in Maryland (District 6), one in Nebraska (District 2), one in New York (District 25), and one in Washington (District 4). California’s race in the 52nd district is of particular importance between Carl DeMaio (R) and Rep. Scott Peters (D), with Peters currently behind DeMaio 50.3% to 49.7%, according to The Washington Post.
Now there’s an interesting race; DeMaio is one of a very few openly gay Republican candidates, and the race has been a particularly nasty one, filled with scandal, negative ads, and accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct, which DeMaio’s staff has labeled a smear campaign. Add to that the stolen campaign strategy book, taken during a break-in at DeMaio’s election headquarters (which eventually turned up in the hands of Peters’ team members) and it’s been a fairly rough haul. On NBC 7, the two met for an interview — during which Peters admitted his campaign manager had looked at the book just long enough to see what it was — and DeMaio refused to shake hands with Peters. Later, after the interview, Peters’ Communication Director Alex Roth released a statement that’s fairly characteristic of the race as a whole:
To clarify, we do not know what a campaign playbook is; nor has our campaign ever received anything that could be characterized as “a campaign playbook” as Mr. DeMaio called it. To reiterate, our campaign staff received information in early June that we immediately transmitted in its entirety to the police. This is nothing more than an attempt by Mr. DeMaio to divert attention away from the Filner-esque sexual harassment allegations that have been made against him.
Senate races have yet to be called in three states: Louisiana and Alaska. Louisiana has runoff elections that will take place next month, meaning another month of campaigning and further spending for incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) and challenger, Bill Cassidy (R).
Alaska’s race is still not being called, with Dan Sullivan currently in the lead and Sen. Mark Begich behind by somewhere around 3 or 4 percentage points. 2008 saw a two-week delay in Senate results in Alaska, so it could be a while before the results are certain. Finally, NBC has called Virginia’s incumbent Sen. Mark Warner (D) has a slight lead over Ed Gillespie, but the lead is less than a full percentage point. NBC has called the election in Warner’s favor, but Gillespie may still challenge.
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