Seven House races still unresolved
November 12th, 2012
10:29 AM ET
7 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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  1. Kef14

    Dems got more overall votes for house seats than the GOP. Only reason GOP still has the majority still is because of gerrymandering. GOP better tread carefully these next 2 years because any extra tilt in the Dems direction and they're out.

    November 12, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Larry L

    You're spot on target about gerrymandering. People need to google up the Texas political districts to see how far a state can go with dishonest districting.

    November 12, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Tony in Maine

    When West is officially declared the loser, Murphy will be declared a Commie, Pinko, Liberal, Muslim, hater of the constitution and otherwise despicable by the righteous and Chosen One – Alan West – The Great I Am.

    November 12, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. plain&simple

    Lost 2 seats in senate,maybe 8 in congress....wait until 2014 and see what happens if congress fails to do the peoples work. The lunatic fringe is being exposed one by one and loses It's power as it is isolated as just that....the fringe!!! This is the definition of how democracy functions. God bless America!!!

    November 12, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    no matter how they try to spin it, 11-6-12 was a DISASTER for the GOP. I pray that the lunatic West loses as well as the others.

    November 12, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    The balance of power is not relevant for now. It has not changed. What has changed is the message that most Americans sent the GOP and their candidates. Fear-mongering and money will not win you an election. The majority of intelligent Americans voted to continue working on the economy and getting this country back on track. Those that didn't focused on every piece of negativity they could drag up.

    It's time for the Grand Obstructionist Party to realize that they need to roll up their sleeves in DC this go-round and put their country before party this time round. The people have spoken, and WE ARE WATCHING!

    November 12, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. ghostriter

    If there is any justice in the universe, Allen West will soon begin the next the new Fox News contributor. Maybe he can begin searching for those 78-81 individuals.

    November 12, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. RogueRobots

    The gerrymandering and voter suppression by the GOP is despicable and unpatriotic. The Democrats need to continue going through the courts to stop these GOP tactics. Do not stoop to the low bar set by the GOP by using the same tactics against them, but fight their suppression of the voters head on. Kudos to the legal teams who fought against voter ID laws in the face of unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud by the GOP. Thanks to all voters who stood up against being illegally purged and stood up in line for hours to exercise their American right to vote. Whether a thank you will be due to the SCOTUS remains to be seen. Voters will be watching to see if you uphold our rights.

    November 12, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Larry L

    Four and the Door and old Truth are strangely silent... Possibly they have decided to join America in searching for real solutions to our problems. Maybe they've realized Fox News sound bites are only meant to fuel hatred and make money for right-wing hate-mongers. Maybe they can now see what has happened to the GOP.

    November 12, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Squigman

    Republicans better remember one thing, Grover Norquist's name was never on a ballot. Either work together for the good of the people, or suffer the consequences two years from now. Norquist, be damned.

    November 12, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |

    Just get West out. He's a disgrace to the uniform and to his office.

    November 12, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |

    Why is Michelle Bachmann still in Congress?????

    November 12, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Freedom

    Interestingly, more votes nationwide were cast for democratic house members than for GOP house members. In other words, democrats won the "popular" vote in the House of Representatives. The majority of the democratic vote is caged into fewer districts due to gerrymandering.

    One of the few good things Florida has done recently is to add constitutional amendments requiring fairly drawn districts. This forced Allen West's district to be redrawn after the 2010 census, and put him into a more evenly balanced district. By the way, Floridians passed these amendments in 2008 in spite of every effort (including skullduggery) from the GOP-controlled state legislatures to have the amendments removed from the ballot before the elections or simply ignored following their overwhelming endorsement by the voters.

    Gerrymandering is not just a GOP tactic. Dems have used it and continue to use it as well. It is an underhanded and immoral method of disenfranchisement. It should be viewed the same as poll taxes from the 1950s and treated as a civil rights issue.

    November 12, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would like to see that the teapublicans get a better understanding as to what is needed to avoid problems that are coming short and long term.

    @Squigman, Norquist is part of the problem because not understanding the whole picture and limiting to only cutting spending shows the lack of imgination and understanding of what the government does and means to people. If he wants pro-growth policies in government, then he should run for election along with Hannity, Limbaugh and Coulter. If you only talk and refuse to serve the needs of the public serving as a representative in government, then there is nothing that really makes you more than just someone spouting words pointlessly.

    November 12, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Voice Crying In the Wilderness

    Larry L

    Four and the Door and old Truth are strangely silent... Possibly they have decided to join America in searching for real solutions to our problems. Maybe they've realized Fox News sound bites are only meant to fuel hatred and make money for right-wing hate-mongers. Maybe they can now see what has happened to the GOP.

    You're right Larry, I've spent several days trying to find those guys, especially four and thedoor.

    November 12, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Fox News is still confabulatilng reality for their viewers. The Allen West race was decided last week, yet as recently as yesterday afternoon, their web site was posting a news story, NOT A BLOG POST, about how the Allen West race was still undecided. They don't want to recognize the difference between decided and someone filing for a recount.

    Please, can someone tell Allen West that in our democracy you are supposed to lose with humility and respect for the system. Allen, you lost. He wants to protest because some precincts reported more than 100% turnout of registered voters. Remember the purges that Florida did of its' voter rolls, and now they're counting absentee ballots.

    November 12, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. 'We didn't know'.............

    '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".......?

    November 12, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald trump ??????

    Four and the door probably went down with the romneytanic on the night of Nov 6 ,truth and boarderless were probably paid gop trolls who romney stiffed along with this campaign staff who's credit cards were shut off on Nov 6 or bailed out of the romneytanic and swam to shore with the world record holder ,lyin Ryan and drowned , yea !!!!

    November 12, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. maf

    @ Four and @ Truth have changed their screen names. It will only take a little while until we figure out who they are now!!
    2014 will be very interesting if the House can't figure out that they really lost, instead of their rhetoric of the opposite.
    Boehner and McConnell (and hopefully Cantor) will be up for re-election then. Maybe the Dems can figure out how to make this current remaining two years, their last!! Turn around is fair play right???

    Bachmann, unbelievably won by a margin of 4,208 votes out of the 356,000 cast in her Minnesota district. YIKES!!

    November 12, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. got brains in NY

    Larry L said, "Four and the Door and old Truth are strangely silent... Possibly they have decided to join America in searching for real solutions to our problems. Maybe they've realized Fox News sound bites are only meant to fuel hatred and make money for right-wing hate-mongers. Maybe they can now see what has happened to the GOP."

    Or maybe they just changed their name to "Freedom" because they still cling to the same idiotic, fantasy based convictions, but are too embarrassed to try and defend their humiliating defeat.

    November 12, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. ART

    Hey someone needs to let Alan West know that he's out. No more lunatic fringe tea party crazy talk from that moron.

    November 12, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Lionel

    Just get rid of West, Bachman and Lying Ryan. These folks are a disgrace to this nation.

    November 12, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. DENNA

    @maf: You are right. I love it that the GOP howled at Democratic gerrymandering. Of course the GOP would never, ever to such a thing, right. On a lighter note, I have been reading how President Obama looked ahead to this election by keeping field offices open and gauging his chances BEFORE the GOP even had a handle on it. So Mittens: WHO'S YER DADDY?! Chill GOP, you'll be back in power again. Just remember, don't play the non-white and female voters or you will never see the inside of the White House again. Just sayin'.

    November 12, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. J

    Gerrymandering should be banned, but it is wishful thinking I guess

    November 12, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. cedar rapids

    I recall a large number of gop fans were claiming that 2010 House elections were just a taster of the Dem defeats to come. Guess that taste turned sour.

    November 12, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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