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Some midterm races still up in the air

by Harvest Prude & Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/07/18, 11:57 am

Though the new balance of power in Congress was decided Tuesday, Republicans and Democrats were still waiting on a few too-close-to-call races Wednesday as they tallied their final seat counts in the House and Senate.

In Arizona, Republican Rep. Martha McSally narrowly led Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema by less than 1 percentage point with 99 precincts reporting Wednesday morning. In Montana, Republican Matt Rosendale had less than 1 point margin over Democratic incumbent Sen. John Tester with about 14 percent of precincts left to count. And just under 35,000 votes separated Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson in the Senate race in Florida. But many news outlets already called the election for Scott.

Democrats have earned 220 seats in the House of Representatives, putting them in the clear for a majority, with 22 races still undetermined as of midmorning Wednesday.

The Georgia gubernatorial race remains undecided, and Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams vowed late last night to wait until all the votes were counted. With all precincts reporting Wednesday morning, Republican Brian Kemp held 50 percent of the votes to Abrams’ 49 percent, with a third-party candidate getting about 1 percent. The state has not officially certified the vote, and Abrams has not conceded. If Kemp’s percentage dips below 50, it could force a runoff.

And there is another seat waiting to be filled, but for a different reason. Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof, a Republican, defeated Democrat Lesia Romanov Tuesday for Nevada’s 26th Assembly District. The only hitch: He was found dead last month at his Love Ranch Brothel an hour outside Las Vegas. County officials will appoint a Republican to take his seat.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is a World Journalism Institute graduate. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 11/07/2018 03:23 pm

    Stacey Abrams will definitely contest any outcome other than a victory for her. The fact that her opponent Kemp, in his current office, has some responsibility for the running of elections, will fuel Democrat cries that the election wasn’t fair. 

    In other races:  a DEAD Nevada Republican, who was also a brothel owner, beat the Democrat! I wonder what that could mean!

    And finally, a fearless prediction:  Donna Shalala will be facing ethics charges or an indictment of some sort before end of her term. 

    Ok ok, I’ll show myself out now. 

  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 11/07/2018 08:01 pm

    Brothel owner a Republican? Kinda shoots the image Republicans want. No?

    Probably a friend of Boehner. ;-)

    That he won over the Dem. says something about the Dem., or something about Nevada. :-)

  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 11/07/2018 08:06 pm

    From the sounds of it neither should be governor of Georgia. 

    If Ms. Abrams truly owes back taxes, it might be difficult to get other people to pay their taxes.

    But by becoming Gov. she never will have to pay her back taxes if the DC swamp people are any example. The irs is only going after anyone who is not a dem.