Sunday, December 7, 2008

UPDATE: Some of the Final House Races

Here is the latest news from the races around the country.


Democrat Charlie Brown has conceded to Republican Tom McClintock in the 4th Congressional District. After nearly a month of tallying the votes it was clear that McClintock had the edge by about 1,800 ballots.


Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav this year, the election cycle for Louisiana congressional races was set back – ending with the General Election last night. The big news is the surprise victory of Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao over the scandal burdened incumbent Democrat, Rep. William Jefferson. Cao – who will be the first Vietnamese American to serve in Congress – was probably underestimated given Louisiana's demographical shake-up following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The more anticipated race between Democratic District Attorney Paul Carmouche and Republican Coroner Josh Fleming is still too close to call in Louisiana's 4th Congressional District. With 100% of the precincts reported, Fleming leads Carmouche by 356 votes. The Associated Press has not called the race and Carmouche has not yet conceded – possibly considering a recount.

See the new Louisiana map here.


In the hotly contested race between Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy and Republican Steve Stivers, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Franklin County Elections Board cannot count 1,000 provisional ballots containing errors. This is expected to be a blow to the Kilroy campaign.

With this ruling complete, the Ohio Secretary of State's office can begin giving the official tally of the votes that was due nearly two weeks ago. The race is very close and expected to go into an automatic recount following the official tally.

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