It is now one week since Election Day and there are still races out there that have not been called. Check these out and tell us what you think.
In Arizona, the Senate race between Richard Carmona (D) and Jeff Flake (R) seems to still be within the realm of a win for Carmona. Arizona (to its eternal shame) still has a lot of votes to count — more than 486,000 as of Saturday. As of yesterday, Carmona trailed Flake by 78,000 votes. It is amazing that they could have so many votes uncounted and this looks like the result of having more early voting ballots and more provisional ballots than ever. Plenty of groups are watching this counting, especially since AZ made a full scale press to get more Hispanic voters registered and to the polls. I haven’t read any projections of what votes are in those ballots, but do you think there is any chance Carmona could pull it off? So far, the Rs in the AZ legislature have lost their supermajority due to more Ds winning locally.
Arizona has been under fire since last week, when a number of votes went uncounted due to issues at the polls. Voters reported showing up only to be told they were not registered or they had been issued absentee ballots, and were instead given provisional ballots that are now being counted by the state. (The Arizona Republic lays out the possible reasons for votes to go uncounted here.)
As of last Thursday, more than 600,000 ballots had yet to be counted — out of 3.1 million registered voters — more than any other recent presidential election, The New York Times reported.
Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ) has retaken the lead by a mere 330 votes in this seesawing contest to serve a full term in the Tucson-based seat formerly held by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Barber held the lead through most of election night, only to see it flip for a time to Republican challenger Martha McSally, a retired US Air Force colonel, as more and more voters were counted.
The Associated Press called a victory on Monday afternoon for Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema, who had a lead of about 5,800 votes over Republican Vernon Parker for this Phoenix-based district. At issue was that Maricopa County, which contains Phoenix and some outlying suburbs, still had 120,000 ballots to left count [...]
It’s a similar story in the two outstanding California seats. Incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray was down 1,334 votes to Democratic challenger Scott Peters for San Diego-based 52nd Congressional District.
Republican Rep. Dan Lungren is down 1,779 votes to Democratic challenger Dr. Ami Bera. [California 7th]
Counting is over in South Florida. President Obama won the state and Rep. Allen West (R-FL) lost his bid for re-election to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy. Except that West hasn’t conceded the (particularly nasty) contest, and is seeking a recount based on “disturbing irregularities” with the vote. The final margin, 6-tenths of a percent, was not small enough to trigger an automatic recount.
Eight-term Congressman Mike McIntyre (D-NC) has a tiny 420-vote unofficial lead in his contest against state Sen. David Rouzer, down from the 507-vote lead McIntyre held after the dust settled on Election Day.
The 3rd Congressional District in Louisiana isn’t headed for a recount, it’s headed for a run-off. Fellow Congressmen Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry, both Republicans, were forced to run against each other by redistricting.
The whacko Allen West is just a sore loser. He should just retreat to whatever contract Roger Ailes will offer him and stop embarassing his (old) constituents.
What interests you today?