November 3rd, 2010
05:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Several Senate races unresolved

(CNN ) - As of 5:00 a.m ET, several Senate races remain unresolved in the 2010 midterm elections. As votes are still being tallied, the estimates contained in this article are subject to change.

Three contests have not yet been projected in the Senate.

Alaska - In the soap opera that is the Alaska Senate race, the write-in votes are at 39 percent, Republican candidate Joe Miller is at 36 percent and Democratic candidate Scott McAdams is at 25 percent with roughly 68 percent of votes reported. Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who lost her primary bid to Miller, ran as a write- in candidate. However, the write-in votes will be assigned after the original ballot count takes place and only if the Division of Elections determines it needs to tabulate the write-in votes by candidate. CNN has projected McAdams will finish third in this race. This leaves Murkowski and Miller still vying for the seat, but the Republicans can put a check in their column.

Watch: Murkowski: We are not done yet

Colorado - Republican candidate Ken Buck holds a 49-47 percent lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet with 81 percent of votes reported. But some of the outstanding votes are in districts that traditionally swing to the Democrats.

Washington state - Incumbent Sen.Patty Murray is dead even with GOP challenger Dino Rossi with roughly 50 percent of votes reported. The contest may not be resolved for several days to a week, state election official Dave Ammons told CNN. Of Washington's 39 counties, 38 of them vote by mail, and ballots will be counted if they are postmarked on or before Election Day. Thus, thousands of ballots have yet to be counted.

Watch: Murray: I'm proud to fight for youRossi: Tonight a course correction


CNN projects that the GOP has picked up six seats in the Senate - North Dakota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania - which brings the Republican's total to 47 seats. If the Republicans win Washington and Colorado, they will bring their net gain to 8 seats.

The Democrats will keep the Senate, CNN projects, and currently stand at 51 seats - a majority - with Washington and Colorado undecided.

–CNN's Paul Vercammen and Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2010 • Elections • Senate
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. John Brown

    A step in the right direction, but we will have to wait two years to see a real change. Good and bad news from results, but control of the House will help the financial cause bigtime. The Democrats are hanging themselves and will complete the job in 2012. "Lord willing and the Creeks don't rise."

    November 3, 2010 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  2. jennyalvarado

    Why I'll be asleep by midnight: Because Alaska Senate race won't be determined til Dec; and it may determine control of the Senate tcot

    November 3, 2010 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  3. n1020v

    Lisa Murkowski (RINO-AK) voted against funding the border fence which is where our tax $ SHOULD go instead of low demand high speed rail.

    November 3, 2010 07:44 am at 7:44 am |