In other words, there's still lots to be decided. Here's a rundown of the six biggest outstanding races of 2016.
1. The wealthy GOP congressman
Since he came to Congress in 2000, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has never won reelection in his San Diego/Orange County district with less than 58 percent of the vote.
But Issa is now leading his Democratic challenger, retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate, 51 percent to 49 percent. As of midday Tuesday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Issa was ahead by 4,630 votes, and the race isn't being called until tens of thousands of provisional ballots from the Orange County area are counted.
If Issa loses, it will be a shock to official Washington. Issa is one of the most well-known members of Congress. As chair of the highly political House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, he was one of President Obama's main antagonists in Congress. Issa led the investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of conservative nonprofit groups and once said Obama should be impeached.
He's also one of the richest members of Congress; in 2015 CQ Roll Call ranked him literally the richest for the third consecutive year, with a net worth of somewhere between $350 million and $250 million.
But money can't buy everything. As the nonpartisan Cook Political Report wrote, “it's possible to be the wealthiest member of Congress and still run a very poor campaign.” Issa embraced Donald Trump even though his district is more than a quarter Hispanic or Latino, and he was perhaps overly comfortable and didn't start running ads until late in the game.
Toward the end of the campaign, Issa tried to move to the center — and got blasted by Obama for it.
In late October, Issa sent out a mailer with a picture of Obama signing one of his bills. Obama called Issa “the definition of chutzpah,” and “shameless,” given the congressman spent much of the past eight years as one of the highest-profile critics of the president.
2. The Democratic congressman whose dad is going to jail
This race probably would have been close even if Rep. Ami Bera's (D-Calif.) 83-year-old father hadn't been sentenced to a year in jail just three months before the election. It's a competitive Sacramento-area swing district that Bera — a two-term congressman — won in 2014 with just 50.4 percent of the vote.
Babulal Bera was sentenced to prison in August for illegally funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to his son's congressional campaigns. (Investigators say it happened without his son's knowledge.)
But the congressman's Republican challenger, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, had his own legal troubles when a deputy accused him of unwanted sexual advances.
The result was an expensive and negative race. And now Bera leads Jones by just 2,583 votes out of more than 205,000 cast. There should be an update later Wednesday as officials scramble to count 195,000 outstanding ballots. (A Sacramento County elections official told Roll Call the turnout was “huge.")
Apparently Republicans think they have a shot to net this one: Jones showed up to new-member orientation in Washington this week.
3. North Carolina's gubernatorial race
This has been updated to make it clearer that so far there is zero evidence of voter fraud in this race. And on Friday, the Durham County Board of Elections dismissed the protest from the McCrory campaign alleging voter fraud.
On election night, Attorney General Roy Cooper (D) declared victory in one of the most hotly contested races of 2016. As of Thursday, he's ahead by more than 5,000 votes. out of 4.6 million cast. But Gov. Pat McCrory (R) isn't giving up. He is waiting on thousands of provisional ballots to be counted (although provisional ballots tend to favor Democrats), and his team is suggesting there may have been mistakes — even voter fraud — in a key Democratic county.
A lawyer for the North Carolina Republican Party filed a formal protest alleging the Durham County Board of Elections engaged in “malfeasance” when it had to count some 94,000 votes by hand after its machines broke on Election Day. The county's vote tally was pivotal in pushing Cooper into. Elections officials — appointed by McCrory — are adamant they did nothing wrong, and Republicans have yet to provide any evidence otherwise. On Friday, the board of elections unanimously dismissed the complaint.
But McCrory's camp isn't letting up the pressure.
“To say we are a bit suspicious is an understatement,” McCrory strategist Chris La Civita told The Fix on late last week.
Cooper's team is confident he'll be governor when this is all over: "With every day we are more confident that Cooper’s election night victory will be confirmed after the final vote canvass. We hope that with this clear margin of victory, Governor McCrory will stop all efforts to undermine the results of this election,” said campaign manager Trey Nix in a statement.
After the state certifies each county's results, if the race is still within 10,000 votes, McCrory's camp can request a recount. But that probably wouldn't happen until after Thanksgiving.
If McCrory loses, he'll be the only incumbent governor to lose this year — and one of just a handful of governors to lose in modern times. The News & Observer reported he's carrying on; he showed up at an annual Republican Governors Association meeting in Orlando earlier this week.
4, 5, 6: Arizona, New York and California state Senates
It looks as if Republicans will hang onto their pre-2016 election dominance at the state legislative level. Even though Democrats picked up four chambers, Republicans will control both chambers in 33 states.
But votes are still being counted in three state legislative chambers that could sway which party controls it, and by how much.
Republicans turned the Connecticut state Senate into a tie. Democrats were hoping to reciprocate in Arizona, turning the 30-member state Senate from an 18-to-12 Republican majority to a 15-to-15 tie. After Election Day, four races were too close to call there, and Democrats needed to win three of the four to tie the state Senate. (Republicans have a solid majority in the state House.)
But odds of a tie in Arizona are looking dimmer by the day: A Republican won one of those close races, and GOP candidates are leading in two others.
Control of the New York state Senate is another nail-biter. After Election Day, the perennially close chamber's makeup is now 31 Republicans, 30 Democrats. There are two outstanding Long Island-area races that could tip the balance of the power — or not. A Republican leads in one and a Democrat in another.
If those cancel each other out, all eyes will be on Brooklyn-area state Sen. Simcha Felder. Felder was first elected as a Democrat in 2012 but has since voted with Republicans. He has yet to announce which party he'll caucus with in 2017.
“I’m not a loyal Democrat,” he told the New York Post recently. “I never was.”
Republicans are also optimistic about the California state Senate. No, they don't think they can come close to controlling a chamber in such a blue state, but they are a few thousand votes away from blocking Democrats from having a supermajority.
The race that could decide whether Democrats have virtually unobstructed power is the still-contested open state Senate seat in the Santa Ana Valley.
There, Republican Ling Ling Chang leads Democrat Josh Newman by two points of all the votes tallied, but the contest remains too close to call.
Republicans say this is a particularly crucial race for them, because California requires a two-thirds majority to raise taxes, and Chang would be the key vote to stop it.
It would also be a symbolic victory for Republicans; after Nov. 8, California is one of just five states completely controlled by Democrats.