Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Notes on remaining counts/recounts: Maryland, and so on

As I noted earlier, Barack Obama won Nebraska's Second District. In 2004 George W. Bush beat John Kerry with 61 percent of the vote in the district, as CQ Politics reported, this morning, November 11, 2008.

Congressional races:
Maryland: Democrat Frank Kratovil has ratcheted up 2,154 votes over Republican Andy Harris. This seat was a long-GOP-held seat.

Congressional races with margins less than 1,000:
Ohio: Republican Steve Stivers is leading Mary Jo Kilroy.
Virginia: In a western VA district, "Democrat Tom Perriello, an organizer of faith-based groups, has declared victory over six-term Republican Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr," according to CQ Reports.

Senate races:
Democrats are leading with 55 seats, plus two allied independents. (Obama is advocating retaining Lieberman in the Democratic caucus.)Georgia's Senate race is heading to a run-off. It is one of the few states that mandates that candidates gain a majority in order to win offices. The Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss clearly defeated the Democratic challenger, Jim Martin. Libertarian Allen Buckley's votes will likely go to Chambliss in the run-off.
In Oregon conservative Constitution Party candidate Dave Brownlow played the spoiler role. Jeff Merkley, Democrat has defeated incumbent Gordon Smith, 48 percent to 45 percent.

Races heading for recounts:
Alaska: Democrat Begich challenged Republican Ted Stevens. Stevens leads by 3,257 votes according to The Juneau Empire this morning, so this race is not settled.

Minnesota, Senate: Democrat Al Franken is challenging first term Republican Norm Coleman. CQ reported that Coleman's "advantage at the moment is one one-hundredth of one percentage point." The election will head to a recount.

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