Seven House races still unresolved
November 12th, 2012
10:29 AM ET
10 years ago

Seven House races still unresolved

(CNN) – Seven days after voters cast ballots, a slate of races for the U.S. House of Representatives remain unresolved with vote tallies that are too close to call.

The balance of power in the House now stands at 234 Republicans and 195 Democrats, with 6 races undecided. One other race, in Louisiana, is headed to a run-off between two Republican incumbents, meaning the outcome won't affect the chamber's power balance.

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Before the election, Republicans held 242 seats and Democrats had 193, meaning at the very least, Democrats will gain at least 2 seats. If they win all 6 of the unresolved races, they'll walk away from the 2012 election with a net gain of 8 seats.

In Florida, the bitter and expensive race for the Sunshine State's 18th Congressional District remained unsettled Monday, despite a declaration of victory from Rep. Allen West's Democratic challenger.

Preliminary numbers showed Democrat Patrick Murphy, who is vice president of an environmental cleanup firm, with an edge of about 2,400 votes among 331,000 ballots cast.

Results of the race will be officially certified on November 20. Although Murphy has declared victory, West has not conceded and has pursued legal action.

In Arizona's second Congressional district, the race for the seat once held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords also remains undecided. Incumbent Democrat Ron Barber holds a 330-vote lead over Republican Martha McSally as provisional and absentee ballots continue to be counted.

Neither candidate has conceded the race or declared victory. In 2010, the race between Giffords and rival Jesse Kelly was similarly tight, with Giffords eventually pulling out a narrow, 1-percentage point victory.

Barber won a special election to fill Giffords' seat after she resigned from Congress to focus on her recovery following a January 2011 assassination attempt in Tucson. Giffords stepped down from her position in Congress in January 2012. Barber, a former aide to Giffords, was also wounded in the shooting, which took place at a constituent meet-and-greet event held in a supermarket parking lot.

Arizona has another unresolved House race in its ninth Congressional District, a new district in the Phoenix area, where Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is battling Republican Vernon Parker. Sinema currently holds a 5,789 vote lead over Parker, but absentee and provisional ballots were still being tallied from Maricopa County.

Races in California's seventh and fifty-second Congressional Districts also remained too close to call. In California-7, located near Sacramento, the Democratic candidate Ami Bera leads Republican incumbent Rep. Dan Lungren by 1,779 votes. Neither candidate has declared victory as ballots continue to be counted.

And in California-52, around San Diego, Democrat Scott Peters leads Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray by 1,334 votes.

North Carolina's seventh district has a close race between Rep. Mike McIntyre, a Democrat, and Republican challenger David Rouzer. The current rally has McIntyre up by 420 votes.

And in Louisiana, the race for the third Congressional District is headed to a run-off between two Republicans, Rep. Charles Boustany and Rep. Jeff Landry. The run-off vote is scheduled for December 8.

CNN's Kevin Liptak, Gregory Wallace and Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. simp

    Where is that loser, the head of the RNC, Priebus? I havent seen that lying weasle since the election. He is such an embrassement they need to vote that whinning liar out of office.

    If the only seat is defeated in the house please let it be that ignorant alan west. I live in FL and this moron is such an embarrasment to our state, Kick him out 2012 and Gov Scott will be out in 2014!!!

    November 12, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. fayse

    Vote out all Tea Party incumbents in 2014 who signed the pledge to Grover Norquist.

    November 12, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. DENNA

    I loved watching Karl Rove squirm and spin as he tried to ignore the fact that President Obama won. I wish I could have seen RNC head Rancid Peaches' face too. Hey GOP, if you want votes, you need to stop pretending this is 1950. Most of us have the same principles that the GOP espouse, but we have figured out that "family values" are only talking points for the GOP. Take some of that PAC money and buy yourselves a clue: Get rid of the Tea Party. They have outlived their usefulness. They used up their usefulness in 2010.

    November 12, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. 2012liberal

    Writing on the wall. If bohner wants 2 hv any sugnificance as house speaker he better get his house n order!

    November 12, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Simena has been declared the winner in Arizona.

    November 12, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. cashmeremafia

    FL is going blue, at least for now: W squeaked by with just over 500 votes in 2000, Obama won by nearly 74,000

    November 12, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. prairedoc

    Though not a Florida resident, all of my friends living there consider Alan West an embarrassment as well as unresponsive to the real needs of his constituency. From what I've seen, he's more of a school yard bully than a politician and that NOT what we need in Congress!

    November 12, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. joe

    Now we need to vote out all the repos in congress so we can move forward. The repos still don't get it and have come up with all kinds of reasons that they lost. Could it be the flip flop candidate or the republican message it self???. Now they are setting up commities to find out about general petreus instead of worrying about the fisical cliff. When will they stop the politics and get on with the business of running the country and listening to the American people???? You lost get over it and move forward..

    November 12, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. The REAL Truth...

    While some (like truth hurts, myviewis, four, etc.) may disagree – where are they anyways? – I'm not the liberal they seem to think. I voted for both major party candidates this election, so I'm their worst nightmare !!!! LOL.

    However, in perspective the GOP no longer represents mainstream conservatives. They have become a party of extremists, controlled by Teapugs and Norquist who represent wealthy old white men. Most Americans tend to lean conservative and agree that we need sensible taxation (increased revenues) and controlled spending cuts to move us toward a balanced budget. Yet, I still hear the same political posturing rhetoric coming from the McConnell and Boehner.
    If the GOP stands ANY chance of a come-back (face it, Romney was TRASHED in the electoral college) they need to SERIOUSLY address their failures in Congress.

    The definition of insanity is repeating the same procedure over and over and expecting a different outcome. Even the GOP will eventually figure that out. Meanwhile, the electorate has spoken. Go back to DC and DO YOUR JOB!!!! Put COUNTRY AHEAD of Party!! Ignore Norquist. WE ARE WATCHING YOU, and if you don't work toward compromise, you can forget 2014 and 2016 already!!

    November 12, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Sasha

    Americans have voted and why not let Obama implement his plans for the future , Republicans should step back and watch the country hurdle over the next cliff and get deeper into debt.
    You see Obama doesn't have a plan , taxing the rich more is not going to do much to the problems you have at hand and as for everything else he promised , well reality is going to hit you hard.
    Good luck.!!!!

    November 12, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Here is why there is a landslide feel to this election: 8 battleground states were identified by the pundits, and focussed on heavily by the was known that Romney could not win without taking a majority of these 8 states. The results???? -- Obama won ALL 8 out of those battleground states. PERFECT SCORE!!! The landslide occurred in the 8 states where it meant the most.

    Voice Crying In the Wilderness: Yes, the silence of the [R] lambs is deafening. They are a dejected and defeated bunch, embarrassed by their own empty and hypocritical warblings about the pre-election polls and their empty predictions of a [R] presidential win. I guess they have switched over to posting on FoxNews blogs, where the delusional ramblings of such rightwing drama queens is not only listened to without question, but is actually celebrated....the more abject the delusion, the bigger the celebration!

    November 12, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Stan Young

    Does this include the pending resignation of Jesse Jackson, Jr?

    November 12, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. DENNA

    @ – Larry L

    Four and the Door and old Truth are strangely silent...
    Four and the Door is probably searching for another screen name since the one he/she has is no longer valid. How about "Eight is Great"? Just thought I'd throw that out there. As for Truth, he/she is probably looking for it – the truth that is. LOL I guess I'll enjoy reading the whining posts from their ilk. President Obama won. Oh happy day. 🙂

    November 12, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Kicking West out would be the icing on my victory party. I also hope the other races go democratic as well.

    November 12, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Larry IN Houston

    where in the heck is truth hurts & 4 and the door ? I've been all over these articles & blogs, reading & reading, and I seem to think they must have changed their screen names. LOL

    carry on people !

    November 12, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. The REAL Truth...

    @Sasha – Republicans should step back and watch the country hurdle over the next cliff and get deeper into debt.
    You see Obama doesn't have a plan , taxing the rich more is not going to do much to the problems you have at hand
    It amazes me how the right has completely IGNORED why we have the issue we do. It has VERY LITTLE to do with Obama's fiscal [spending] policies. That is MOSTLY spin from the right wing fear mongers and that foreign-owned Faux Noise channel. Lower taxes on the wealthy – the so-called job creators – has NEVER (do the historical research for yourself) increased jobs. Demand and growth creates jobs. The middle class are NOT those making less that $250k – when the average income for a family of four is around $50,000. It has been times of high taxes on the wealthy that have historically created the highest GDP levels on record. Increasing taxes on the wealthy will NOT [alone] solve our problems, but it's a compromise starting point for the GOP.
    We can cut military spending, bring some of our troops home and instead of having them watch the clock in Okinawa or the Philippines, they can work on rebuilding our crumbling highway, bridge and sewer systems.

    There's lots of good ideas out there, but spouting doom-and-gloom does nothing to move us AWAY from the fiscal cliff that the Republicants created.

    November 12, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I've noticed that since Obama's re-election some familiar names aren't blogging anymore or have changed their names. So my message to them, please don't be angry, keep posting because you too are part of this great Nation and we still love you no matter what, win or lose. Besides that, you did keep things very interesting whether we agreed or not.

    November 12, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Woman In California

    'We didn't know'............. wrote:
    'We didn't know because we were not told'..?....So echos the White House and Congress as to what happened in Benghazi and four Americans are dead..and once again we hear the 'Echo' from Washington that they were not told that the FBI was spying and prying into General Petraeus private life and thus resulting in his resignation...and so it begs the question: "Who is really minding the store and governing the Country".......?

    You had your chance and so did your draft dodging, unAmerican candidate and you both lost. Willard wouldn't touch this subject in the third debate, and if you were even halfway intelligent, you would know why.

    November 12, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    Four and the Door and old Truth are strangely silent...

    No, they're here among us. They're just too embarassed to come forward and admit they have no credibility. Fair is also here somewhere. Just look for an unhappy woman who lives in the 1950"s and there, you'll find her.

    November 12, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. harry

    Republican have a hard time to admit that win is 332/ 206. All their lie lie,lie did not bring Win to R-Money-The Flip Flop liar. .Its Fact .
    So going forward Democratic Party message and agenda should be approved with compromise of Republican's EGO.That will save this country from all financial disaster,Economy downfall and unemployment .

    November 12, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. ART

    Oh Sasha still upset I see. just keep eating your crow and leave the smart people alone

    November 12, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Paul

    Someone said "Lower taxes on the wealthy – the so-called job creators – has NEVER (do the historical research for yourself) increased jobs. "

    That sounds like a good talking point, but it's wrong. Remember those dreaded "Bush tax cuts"? You know, the ones that preceded 6 straight years of increased revenues to the National Treasury and decreased the unemployment rate to 4.2%? I long for those good old days.

    November 12, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Woman In California

    Four and the Door and old Truth are strangely silent...

    No, they're here among us.

    They are indeed. And still trying to struggle with their own (self inflicted) gender/demographic .... remakes. Including Fair is Fair.

    November 12, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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