Democrats lead in five uncalled House races

November 12, 2012

The AP has just called Arizona's 9th district for Democrat Kyrsten Sinema over Republican Vernon Parker -- giving Congress its first openly bisexual member. But almost a week after the election, five more House races have yet to be called. A few were among the country's most expensive House races. Right now, Democrats lead in all five. But even if they win them all, Republicans will still hold the House by a 234 to 201 margin. 

AZ-02, Ron Barber (D) vs. Martha McSally (R). As of early Sunday Barber has overtaken McSally and currently leads in the race to succeed his former boss, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), by a mere 289 votes. Pima County had about 33,000 ballots left to count; Maricopa County had 322,000 early and provisional ballots to count (though not all those ballots are for this district). The race is closer than expected given the circumstances surrounding Giffords's departure, but later votes in the state have so far favored Democrats. 

* CA-07, Ami Bera (D) vs. Rep. Dan Lungren (R). In Friday afternoon's tally Bera extended his lead over Lungren to 1,779 votes. Another update is expected Tuesday. A huge number of mail-in ballots in Sacramento County led to delays. After redistricting, Democrats have a narrow edge here, giving Bera (who ran against Lungren in 2010 and lost) a boost in this suburban swing district. 

* CA-52, Scott Peters (D) vs. Rep. Brian Bilbray (R). Peters leads the incumbent Republican by 1,334 votes as of Friday evening. An estimated 60,000 to 70,000 ballots remain uncounted, and Bilbray is not conceding. Republicans have a narrow registration edge here after redistricting, but the territory is less familiar to Bilbray. 

* FL-18, Patrick Murphy (D) vs. Rep. Allen West (R). All the votes are in, a partial recount was conducted, and Murphy is ahead by 1,907 votes in this Palm Beach district made more Democrat under new maps -- outside the margin for a full recount. But West, a national tea party celebrity, is not conceding. 

* NC-07, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) vs. David Rouzer (R). McIntyre is clinging to a 420-vote lead, with some provisional and absentee ballots yet to be counted. His edge shrunk slightly since the unofficial tally on Election Day tally, which gave McIntyre a 507-vote lead. The result is close enough that Rouzer could ask for a recount. This district was drawn by Republicans to favor Rouzer.

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