429 down, six to go.
Rep. Melissa Bean (D) conceded her race to Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh Tuesday night in Illinois's 6th District, giving Republicans their 60th House pickup of 2010, but the House midterms aren't over yet: Votes are still being counted in six other races across the country.
In North Carolina's 2nd District, media outlets have already called the race for Republican Renee Ellmers, who leads by 1,489 votes, but Rep. Bob Etheridge (D) has requested a recount, which is now underway. If Ellmers wins as expected, Republicans will have gained 61 seats on her victory.
Five other House races have yet to be decided, as absentee and questioned ballots are tallied, with one other recount underway:
- California's 11th District: Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) leads David Harmer (R) by 1,757 votes
- California's 20th District: Rep. Jim Costa (D) leads Andy Vidak (R) by 1,428 votes
- New York's 1st District: Randy Altschuler (R) leads Rep. Tim Bishop (D) by 383 votes. Absentee ballots are being counted, and Bishop's team has promised to request a recount after a recanvass of electronic voting machines swung the election-night results by 4,000, giving Altschuler the lead.
- New York's 25th District: Ann Marie Buerkle (R) leads Rep. Dan Maffei (D) by 824 votes. After leading by 729 on election night, Buerkle has added to her lead as absentee ballots have been tallied.
- Texas's 27th District: Blake Farenthold (R) leads Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D) by 797 votes. A recount is now underway, at Ortiz's request.
If these results hold, Republicans will have picked up a total of 64 House seats in the 2010 midterms. Three of these races (all led by Republicans) are close, so results could change as absentee ballots are counted and as more recounts potentially unfold.
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