What races still aren’t called after Election Day?

November 7, 2012

Updated at 4:26 p.m. to reflect Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock's (D) gubernatorial victory. 

Earlier, we updated with Heidi Heitkamp's (D) win in the North Dakota Senate race, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) holding his seat, and Rep. Allen West's (R-Fla.) campaign saying he does not plan to concede his race. 

Election Day 2012 has come and gone. But as with every election, there are a few loose ends on the day after. Here's a quick look at what's still out Wednesday morning, and when we might expect these races to be called: 

* Florida: President Obama has won reelection, so the matter of who carries the Sunshine State will only determine Obama's final margin over Mitt Romney. Obama leads Romney by less than a percentage point in Florida, as the state is still sorting through absentee ballots. Expect final results later this afternoon.

* Montana Senate race: The AP called the race Wednesday morning for Sen. Jon Tester (D). 

* North Dakota Senate race: Rep. Rick Berg (R) conceded to Democrat Heidi Heitkamp

 * Washington gubernatorial race: Attorney General Rob McKenna is trying to be the first Republican elected governor of Washington since 1980, but is losing to former congressman Jay Inslee by about 50,000 votes with just over half of precincts reporting, according to the AP tally. Because of Washington's vote-by-mail law which allowed voters to cast ballots through Tuesday night, this one could take awhile (in other words, days not hours). But given Inslee's lead in vote-rich King County, things might wrap up sooner than expected (or McKenna might decide to concede).

* Montana gubernatorial race: Attorney General Steve Bullock (D) defeated former congressman Rick Hill (R). The AP has called the race for Bullock, who led Hill 49 percent to 47 percent with 94 percent of precincts reporting. 

* House races in California, Arizona, North Carolina, Michigan, Louisiana and Florida: In California, GOP Reps. Brian Bilbray, Dan Lungren and Mary Bono Mack all trail close races that the AP has yet to call. Republican Tony Strickland and Democrat Julia Brownley were in a race too close to call in the Golden State's 26th District. Meanwhile, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) trails Republican Martha McSally, though AP has not made a call. Nor has it called races in Arizona's 1st and 9th Districts.  

We still don't know the fate of Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) -- he trails slightly with all precincts counted and his campaign says he is not conceding. "We will continue to fight to ensure every vote is counted properly and fairly, and accordingly will pursue all legal means necessary," said West campaign manager Tim Edson on Wednesday morning. 

recount may be in store for Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.). In Michigan's 1st District, AP has not made a call, as Rep. Dan Benishek (R) holds a slim lead with all precincts reporting. Meanwhile, in Louisiana, GOP Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry are headed to a Dec. 8 runoff

Read more:

Florida results due Wednesday afternoon

Sen. Bill Nelson coasts to reelection

 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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