DemDaily: Hanging In The Balance: The Undecided Races

November 8, 2018

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Although Democrats have indisputably won control of the US House of Representatives, there are still a number of races hanging in the balance as final votes are counted.

As of this afternoon there are still 10 House races3 Senate and one Governor's race that are awaiting final count.

Projected Results: 230 Democrats to 205 Republicans
Current Count: 227 Democrats to 198 Republicans
Undecided: 10

In California mail ballots only need to be postmarked by Election Day, leaving several races undecided as mail ballots, popular in the Golden State, are still being counted. In the true blue state, that is good news for Democrats, who are favored to win most of the outstanding races, regardless of current numbers.

10th CD:  Josh Harder (D) 49.4% v Jeff Denham (R) 50.6%
45th CD:  Katie Porter (D) 48.3% v Mimi Walters (R) 51.7%
48th CD:  Harley Rouda (D) 50.7% v Dana Rohrabacher (R) 49.3%
49th CD:  Mike Levin (D) 54% v Diane Harkey (R) 46%

7th CDCarolyn Bordeaux (D) 49.8% v Rob Woodall (R) 50.2%

Maine's 2nd CD: Poliquin (R) v Golden (D)will be decided by unique Ranked-Choice voting system

2nd CDJared Golden (D) 46.1% v. Bruce Poliquin (R) 45.7%
Under Maine's Ranked-Choice voting system, since no candidate reached 50+%, the votes of the last-place finisher, independent William Hoar, will be electronically distributed among the other three candidates, based on whom those voters listed second on their ranked-choice ballots. If one candidate still doesn't have the majority, the third-place finisher, independent Tiffany Bond, will then be eliminated, and her votes redistributed. At that point, either Poliquin or Golden will have a majority of the remaining votes, and whoever does, will win the congressional seat.

New York
22nd CDAnthony Brindisi (D) 50.3% v Claudia Tenney (R) 49.7%
27th CD:  Nate McMurray (D) 48.4% v Chris Collins (R) 49.5%

23rd CDGina Ortiz Jones (D) 48.7% v Will Hurd (R) 49.2%

4th CD: Ben McAdams (D) 51.3%  v Mia Love (R) 48.7%
Although favored for McAdams, 200,000+ ballots in Salt Lake and Utah counties have yet to be counted.

Arizona Senate: McSally (R) v Sineman (D) is still waiting on Pima and Maricopa Counties

Current Count: 46 Democrats to 51 Republicans
Undecided: 3 Races (Arizona, Florida, Mississippi)

Kyrsten Sinema (D) 48.4% v Martha McSally (R) 49.4%
There are still an estimated 650,000 votes uncounted in the battle in the US Senate race, where the Republican, Martha McSally, leads Democrat Kyrsten Sinema by approximately 1%.

Republicans are suing to challenge the state's process of counting mail-in ballots, which requires confirmation of a voter's signature before being counted.  If an election official is unable to authenticate a signature, the voter in question is contacted for verfication.

Bill Nelson (D) 49.9% v Rick Scott (R) 50.1%
In Florida, if the vote gap is less than half a percentage point, state law automatically triggers a machinerecount. With the narrowing numbers following absentee ballots, Scott's lead over Nelson has been narrowed to 0.22% points, which turns that into a hand recount.

Three Democratic-leaning counties were still counting ballots as of Wednesday afternoon and are expected to be completed Saturday.

Mississippi Senate: Mike Espy (D) and Cyndi Hyde-Smith (R) go to RunOff November 27 (pic: Ashton Pittman)

Mississippi, incumbent Republican Cyndi Hyde-Smith secured 41.5% to Democratic challenger Mike Espy's 40.6%, with two other candidates securing 17.8%.

As no candidate secured 50+%, Hyde-Smith and Espy go to a RunOff Election on November 27th.

Current Count: 23 Democrats to 26 Republicans
Undecided: 1 (Georgia) and, potentially, Florida

Stacey Abrams (D) 48.7% v Brian Kemp (R) 50.3%
In Georgia, where Republican Brian Kemp leads Democrat Stacey Abrams by 62,613, there are still approximately 25,000 provisional ballots to be counted, which are not expected to be certified until next week.

If the results are adjusted, and one candidate does not received 50+%, then the contest goes to a RunOff December 4th. As of 3pm this afternoon, Abrams needs 23,783 to force a recount and 25,632 for a Runoff.

Abrams has not conceded in the race, citing uncounted absentee and military ballots from overseas. Abrams' team also filed the first in what is expected to be a series of lawsuits yesterday, in this case to request more time to count absentee ballot extensions in Dougherty County, which was ravaged by Hurricane Michael.

Florida Governor: DeSantis (R) and Gillum (D). it is not over yet

In the interim, Republican Brian Kemp, who has claimed victory, resigned today as Secretary of State, where he was overseeing the sate's election process.

Andrew Gillum (D) 49.1% v Ron Desantis (R) 49.6%
This race still remains in the win category for the GOP because Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum conceded to DeSantis on Tuesday evening, but that could change.

DeSantis now leades Gillum by 0.47% points, which triggers an automatic recount. Election officials in Florida's 67 counties have until Saturday to report final results, with a recount expected to be completed by November 15th.

The 2018 Midterms are not over yet!

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Sources: Washington Post, NewYorkTimes, CNN, FiveThirtyEight, NPR, NBC, ABC, CBS, DCCC

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