Republicans have locked in at least 234 seats and Democrats have secured at least 190 winners in the House of Representatives. But with some ballots yet to be counted, 11 races remained too close to call, and at least seven appeared to be headed for recounts. Democrats appeared to have slight leads in at least eight races that were too close to call Wednesday morning, but a Republican campaign operative said almost all will be double-checked. One of the closest races was for California’s 7th congressional district, where Rep. Dan Lungren, the chairman of the House Committee on Administration, trailed Democrat Ami Bera by 184 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
Three other races in California showed Democrats with slight edges. Julia Brownley led Tony Strickland in California-26; Republican incumbent Mary Bono trailed Democratic emergency room doctor Raul Ruiz by more than 4,000 votes and 100 percent of precincts reporting in the 36th district, although the race still had not been called. In the 52nd district, another Republican incumbent, Rep. Brian Bilbray, trailed Democrat Scott Peters by less than 700 votes, and a recount was also likely there.
Former Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, who lost her seat in 2010, held a small lead over former state legislator Jonathan Patton in Arizona’s 1st congressional district, but the race was too close to call with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Also in the Grand Canyon State, former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, was locked in a close race with former Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker for Arizona’s 9th congressional district. Sinema led by about 2,000 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting, although Republicans predicted a possible recount there.
In Arizona’s 2nd district, Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, who won a special election to replace Gabrielle Giffords after she resigned, was losing by about 1,300 votes to Republican Martha McSally. “We’ll continue to watch the results over the next few days, and whatever happens, we will trust the people of Southern Arizona – as I always have and always will,” Barber wrote in a statement Wednesday morning.