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More than three weeks after the election, several races for the U.S. House of Representatives have still not been finalized with a definitive winner.
Interestingly, in each of the eight still-uncalled 2020 House races, Republicans are leading against their Democratic opponents, according to The New York Times. While some results are still showing razor-thin margins between the candidates, in certain races there appears to be more than enough votes to call the election for the GOP contender.
But, while Republicans caught Democrats off guard by flipping several House seats and narrowing the gap between them, Democrats have managed to hold the majority – barely. With 218 seats needed to secure their hold of the House, Democrats have so far scored 222 seats while Republicans hold 205. But several races are still in limbo, including more than one in New York.
Certification of election results in the tight race in New York’s 22nd Congressional District have been ordered on hold by a state judge as Republican Claudia Tenney made a move to reclaim her seat in Congress from the Democratic incumbent, U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi.
With 92% of votes reported, Tenney was leading with 50.4% over Brindisi’s 47.4%.
Nearly a month after the elections, there are 5 U.S. House seats in NY, 2 in CA, and 1 in IA that have not been called
Republicans are up in all 8 races
The fact that the election results still haven’t been finalized is third world country/banana republic stuff pic.twitter.com/vJvQv60suV
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 27, 2020
In New York’s 24th Congressional District, a district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016, Democrat Dana Balter tried to unseat GOP incumbent John Katko. The Times has not reported that race as final though Balter conceded the race two weeks ago. Katko reportedly received 57.4% of the vote to Balter’s 38.9%.
The New York Times still holds New York’s 11th Congressional District as a “toss up” though Democrat Rep. Max Rose conceded to Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis. The Times stated that 85% of the estimated vote total had been reported, showing Malliotakis obviously leading with 57.9% to Rose’s 42.1%.
And the newspaper still showed the New York’s 2nd Congressional District, with 84% reported, as not final though Republican state assemblyman Andrew Garbarino defeated Democrat Jacki Gordon, 56.4% to 42.6%. In New York’s 1st Congressional District, 77% reported vote totals have given Republican Lee Zeldin 61.3% over Democrat Nancy Goroff who got 38.7%. But The Times still has the race not finalized.
There were 27 House races this election cycle that were labeled “toss-ups.” Republicans won every single one of them.
— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) November 25, 2020
The vote has gone to a recount in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District where Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks is just eight votes ahead of Democrat Rita Hart.
“A Republican candidate saw her vote lead dwindle to single digits Wednesday in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District as a dramatic recount moved toward a conclusion in a race that will help determine the size of Democrats’ majority in the House of Representatives,” the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported. “Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks held a lead of eight votes over Democrat Rita Hart out of more than 394,400 cast, with recount boards in all but one of the district’s 24 counties reporting their results. Miller-Meeks is trying to flip a second congressional seat in Iowa for Republicans this cycle.”
The Times also showed two California races as being in “tossup districts.”
“Republican challenger Valadao of Hanford has a 1,820-vote lead over Fresno Democrat Cox, according to the California Secretary of State,” The Fresno Bee reported on the race in the state’s 21st Congressional District. “Fresno County Registrar of Voters Brandi Orth said she expects to be done with the county’s votes and ready to certify them on Friday. An unspecified number of votes that need fixes on their signatures remain to be counted.”
“In a statement, Garcia said ‘victory is clear,’ given the votes remaining uncounted. The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the race,” the AP reported. And The New York Times has also left the race not finalized.
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