And Then There Were Two: 2010 Midterms Almost Over

More

The 2010 midterms are almost, almost over.

With five House races and one Senate race yet to be decided this morning, two concessions and an executive decision by the Associated Press have narrowed things down.

Democratic Rep. Jim Costa has held onto his seat in Fresno, California, the Associated Press declared Tuesday evening, fending off a challenge from Republican Andy Vidak. Costa led by over 3,000 votes after Election Day.

That leaves Republicans' total 2010 House gains at 63, with only two House races still undecided.

Democrats are poised to hold onto their seats in those races.

After trailing by 383 votes, Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop now leads Republican Randy Altschuler by 255 as election officials in New York's 1st District (covering the Eastern half of Long Island) have finished counting absentee ballots. Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney, meanwhile, has widened his lead over Republican David Harmer in California's 11th District between Sacramento and Modesto. McNerney now leads by 2,475.

The only Senate race yet to be decided is Alaska's, where Sen. Lisa Murkowski leads Joe Miller by over 10,000 votes. Miller is seeking to invalidate over 8,000 ballots through a court case, and he plans to ask for a recount trailing by over 2,000. He is not expected to win.

Earlier today, to Democratic incumbents conceded, handing the GOP two more House takeovers in 2010. Rep. Solomon Ortiz conceded in Corpus Christi, Texas, as did Rep. Dan Maffei in the upstate New York 25th District, which covers Syracuse.

When it's all over, Republicans will almost certainly have picked up 63 House seats and six Senate seats in total.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In