Update on the too-close-to-call races

It has been over a week since election and there are still a handful of Federal elections that are still too close to call.

Overnight in Alaska, Republican Senator Ted Stevens has lost his lead over Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich. As of yesterday, Begich had a 814 vote lead over Stevens. Still, there are nearly 40,000 votes that still need to be counted. Counting starts again today and we will have new numbers by the end of the day.

In Minnesota, nothing has changed. Senator Norm Coleman still has a 206 vote lead over Democratic challenger Al Franken. The recount hasn’t started yet, but should some time next week.

In Georgia, John McCain has stated that he will help Saxby Chambliss in the Senate race in that state. On the other hand, the Tim Martin campaign said that nobody should expect Barack Obama to come down to the Peach State anytime soon.

In the House there are still three races that are too close to call.

According to Megan Savage of The Lantern (the Ohio State University newspaper), Mary Jo Kilroy’s Communications Director Brad Bauman said that they are “in a bit of a holding pattern right now.” Franklin County, Ohio still has 20,000 to 30,000 votes to be counted with only a 393 vote difference between Steve Stivers and Mary Jo Kilroy.

In the Virginia 5th, media sources are starting to declare Democratic challenger Tom Perriello the winner over Republican incumbent Virgil Goode. According to the Boorkneal Union-Star, with only 10 votes left to be confirmed, Perriello holds a 407 vote lead. The results will be officially certified on November 24th, where at that time Goode can challenge those results, which he will more than likely do. Out of the seats that are currently undecided, this is the one that is most decided. It is highly unlikely that Virgil Goode is going back to Congress.

In the California 4th, thousands of votes still need to be counted in the race between Republican Tom McClintock and Democrat Charlie Brown. Currently, McClintock has 928 vote lead over Brown.

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