November 5th, 2008
08:54 AM ET
12 years ago

Key races still too close to call

Al Franken is one of several candidates still fighting for a seat this Wednesday morning.

Al Franken is one of several candidates still fighting for a seat this Wednesday morning.

(CNN) – Several key races are still undecided Wednesday as ballots continue to be counted.

In the Presidential race, North Carolina, Indiana, and Missouri all show Obama and McCain within one percentage point of each other. All three were previously viewed as critical battleground states for both candidates. However, with Obama leading by 175 electoral votes, the 37 votes no longer hold much sway.

Four seats in the Senate have yet to be determined.  As of this morning, Alaska Sen.Ted Stevens was just one percentage point ahead of Democrat Mark Begich and Oregon Senator Gordon Smith had a two point lead on Democrat Jeff Merkley.

In Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman was 570 votes ahead of Democrat Al Franken.  This tight margin falls within Minnesota's recount law, and a recount is now scheduled to take place from mid-November through early December.

Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss had a four point lead over democrat Jim Martin.  Although Georgia’s incumbent leads by four points, state law dictates that in order to win the seat, a candidate must attain over 50 percent of the vote. If this does not happen, an automatic runoff will be held between the top two contenders in early December.

With the Democrats currently holding 56 seats in Senate, these four states will determine whether or not the Democrats reach their goal of a filibuster-proof Senate majority.

President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden's Senate seats will also be vacated, but their replacements are still unknown.


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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Paul

    Go Al! Oh Lord – Palin in the Senate? I really don't think she wants to leave her moose hunting grounds. You could see her husband saying last night " Honey – can we please go home now? I'm really tired of this frozen smile I have on and I really miss my Joe six pack friends down by the boat house."

    November 5, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Paul

    K – What are you talking about? Did you see the movie W? I can tell you that Al has about 100% more intelligence than George Bush. Bush ran this country like a cowboy on a bull shot up with steriods. Yee Ha – mission accomplished – NOT!!!

    November 5, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. YM in Oklahoma

    Well, as owner of a small business I'm very afraid for what the future holds for my business and my employee's. If my business happens to fail due to taxation from Obama, which I think is a likelyhood, there will be 72 employee's and their families effect by this election, also, if it effects me, just think how many more small businesses will be in jeopardy, guess no one really stopped and concered that.... feeble minded...

    November 5, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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