November 3rd, 2010
04:23 PM ET

Election 2010: A roundup of undecided races

[Updated at 4:23 p.m.] Colorado Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet has won a tight battle with Republican challenger Ken Buck to retain his seat, CNN projects.

That means two Senate races remain indecided.

[Updated at 3:26 p.m.] Georgia Democratic incumbent Rep. Sanford Bishop has been declared winner in the race against Republican challenger Mike Keown for Georgia’s 2nd district.

[Updated at 1:42 p.m.] Independent Eliot Cutler conceded the Maine governor's race to Republican Paul LePage on Wednesday after results showed the two separated by less than 8,500 votes.

That means that four governorships are still undecided.

[Updated at 11:42 a.m.] In a gubernatorial race that came down to the wire, Vermont Republican Brian Dubie has conceded to Democrat Peter Shumlin.

That means that five governorships are still undecided.

[Posted at 11:09 a.m.] As of Wednesday morning, a handful of election races remain undecided or uncalled for a variety of reasons.

Below is a glance at the undecided races. The top two candidates are listed. Keep in mind that numbers change by the minute, and races could be called or decided at any time.

U.S. Senate: Three races remain undecided

- Alaska: Republican challenger Joe Miller vs. Lisa Murkowski, an incumbent running as a write-in candidate.

- Colorado: Republican challenger Ken Buck vs. incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

- Washington: Republican challenger Dino Rossi vs. incumbent Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.


Governor: Four gubernatorial races remain undecided.

- Connecticut: Republican Tom Foley vs. Democrat Dan Malloy.

- Illinois: Republican challenger Bill Brady vs. incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

- Minnesota: Republican Tom Emmer vs. Democrat Mark Dayton.

- Oregon: Republican Chris Dudley vs. Democrat John Kitzhaber.


U.S. House: Eleven races remain undecided.

- Arizona’s 7th district: Republican challenger Ruth McClung vs. incumbent Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva.

- Arizona’s 8th district: Republican challenger Jesse Kelly vs. incumbent Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

- California’s 11th district: Republican David Harmer vs. incumbent Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney

- California’s 20th district: Republican challenger Andy Vidak vs. incumbent Democratic Rep. Jim Costa.

- Illinois’ 8th district: Republican challenger Joe Walsh vs. incumbent Democratic Rep. Melissa Bean.

- Kentucky’s 6th district: Republican challenger Andy Barr vs. incumbent Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler.

- New York’s 25th district: Republican challenger Ann Marie Buerkle vs. incumbent Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei.

- Texas’ 27th district: Republican challenger Blake Farenthold vs. incumbent Democratic Rep. Solomon Ortiz.

- Virginia’s 11th district: Republican challenger Keith Fimian vs. incumbent Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly.

- Washington’s 2nd district: Republican challenger John Koster vs. incumbent Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen.

- Washington’s 9th district: Republican challenger Dick Muri vs. incumbent Democratic Rep. Adam Smith.

soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Rollo Lee

    Told you I'd kick @$$, Dad. What I really wanted to ask was, I, uh – I was wondering, could I get a raise?

    November 3, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ron

    Why, when click on the Washington Gov. race do I get Alaska's?

    November 3, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Rollo Lee

      You know what you are? You're pronoid.

      November 3, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Phyllis

      Maybe because there was no Governor's race this year.

      November 3, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. mike

    the count is not yet over but considering bennett is ahead by approx. 5000 votes at last report and all the remaining votes are coming from boulder county, well bennett has won and without triggering any sort of recount. ironic in colorado that on all issues we went against the "common" wisdom of the national pundits, politicos and polls. property and sales tax increases were all voted in by large majorities. the "personhood" amend e.g. no abortion or even birth control allowed, that went down. the amend to fight the new health care plan went down. all three amends to reduce and or limit govt spending and taking out of new debt went down by very lg majorities. of the five major seats up only two went republican but considering that our state goes back and forth on a regular basis no real surprise and no real psycho right palinites either. for the most part sanity reigned in supreme and i am so glad that today is a new day sans any political commercials,...not a one. so at least here its going to be a nice day, no "mandates" to worry about and no more of those awful commercials to FF through, yahoo, especially on the latter.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Lesa Browning

      Well said Mike. I wish lived in Colorado : )

      November 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sal

      I don't wish to live in Colorado, but from all accounts...things went well. Well done!

      November 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Burnett

      The problem with Colorado is too many people from California have moved there

      November 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • nygirl

      Thank God. Because eliminating the pill is really what we need to be doing right now.

      November 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoAnn Striplin

      Lucky you. I just might persuade my husband to move to Colorado from Arizona!!!!

      November 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marge

      I do live in Colorado and the Senate campaign was vicious esp by the democrats I think. If Bennet wins, I believe the way he did it is nothing to be proud of. Life isn't really bad here but not as good as it might be. Well, we have 2012 to look forward to.

      November 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richp, Easton, Pa

      You got lucky at 5am here this morning in Pa they were still running the commercials even though it was all over, go figure, Even the news commentators were getting a chuckle over it.

      November 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Squad

      You would also love Massachusetts, not a lick of sense hear either. Just straight liberal ticket, liberal ideas, and liberal nonsense.

      The majority in Ma have no interest in conservative ideas.

      Real sane and open minded, huh?

      November 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Vader

      Without all that liberal nonsense, you'd still be scribbling deer on a cave wall and grunting, fool.

      November 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpellCheckPlease

      Hear hear, Darth Vader. Notice the correct usage of 'hear'.

      November 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laughing at Dems

      Oh no! Colorado is still a Dem state. And now for the sports....

      November 4, 2010 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. StIves

    No wonder we are expericing so much of division here in America. No matter who won or lost none of it matters. You have a division of Democrats and Republician serving the American people; if they cannot come together and keep america strong, then what is the use of being either party. This whole thing is stupid and it shows all of us that we will contiue to be a nation divided on on personal beliefs rather than keeping the state of America strong. There is nothing that has been proven, the same old people doing the same old things, so what if there is 52 more seats for the republicians, they are going to do the same old things regardless or not if they gain more republcian seats in the house; the Senate is no more better either. People who are consider leaders for this country might as well be consider just plain old people because all of this fighting for this or that has proven to all of us as voters, you cannot trust either side and in the coming months, we are going to see America dip to its lower forms. Republician or Democrats, you all should not continue to let our children see you all divided in this country we called America!

    November 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Spears

      Totally agree.

      November 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al-C

      While I understand voter anger, that is no reason to just fire everyone and start over. Congress is dysfunctional because of the sharp political divide and everyone in it adhering to their political beliefs like glue. All that will happen now is that Congress will be more sharply divided than ever with massive gridlock and absolutely zero progress.


      November 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave klaboe

      Gee... Pat discovered Barney Frank is gay. Everyone in the world has known it for years. duh! That a problem?
      As for this election, lets just sit back and watch the GOP create even more gridlock (if thats possible).
      America is flushing itself down the toilet. The dumbing down of the electorate is accelerating.
      I can only hope the younger generations will figure it out and americans will start teaching their kids
      moral values instead of greed and selfishness.

      November 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hawk1

      True. but it seems that the people of america have a short memory. it was the republicans that got us in this fix anyway. we had gridlock with the republican minority. they were the party of no. now that mantle will transfer to the democrats. we are still where we were. bohner wants to do away with social sercuity food stamps and the teachers and police. then where will we be. the older people that voted them in will have no say when they loose their social setrcuity.

      November 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Republicans get a say, Americans lose.

      November 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shutuppeople

      Its amazing how the republican party are saying the democratic party are sore losers. Yet instead they have been cry babies since the Democratic Party had taken office. Sounds like kids when they continuously ask their parents for something and the parents say no. They continue to whine until they get they're way. Well lets see what happens now that the house is divided and America has gone wild. Lets see if this will now be a PERFECT America. Or will they scream GIVE THEM A CHANCE, they haven't been in office LONG enough. This kind of behavior is what you claim to teach your kids not to do......Blind leading the Blind!!!!!!!!!

      November 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      You mean "the divided states of america"??????

      November 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      StIves You are exactly correct. Nothing is going to change except there will be a few different Republicans fighting the Democrats and vice versa. I don't even remember in my 64 years how many times I have seen the balance of power in Washington change. And we've only gone from bad to worse. The one good thing about this election, though, is that there may be a little more compromise. And that is usually when good things happen. It just amazes me, though, that two years ago, Obama won the Presidential election because people were sick to death of W and his cronies and the Republicans. Mr. Obama has not fixed the economy in two years. I didn't expect him to. But now all these people who voted Republican think it's gonna be fixed in the next two years. If Mr. Obama couldn't fix it with a Democratic Congress, what would make anybody think it can be fixed with Democrats and Republicans fighting over everything. And in two more years, Democrats will regain control again. Party is all these politicians care about. Not you, not me and not this country!

      November 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bertina

    Why hasn't the economy created jobs? Boehner already is slacking on the job.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lin

      Because the companies need to bring the jobs BACK to the US. Maybe if they grant tax incentives to these companies to bring the jobs BACK to the US, they will. Then we will have created jobs.

      November 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Actually Lin, the democrats tried doing that. THe repubs blocked the effort. I don't know what the repubs want.

      November 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      In late 2008, Congress was told by GOP appointed gurus that this was the worst economic crisis since the great depression. Apparently the voting public thinks that a crisis of this magnitude can be remedied in just 2 years. It took almost 10 years for this country to work its way out of the 1929 crash. Wake up people!! GOP "leadership" and failed policies brought this country to the brink of economic collapse and yet (due to YOUR impatience), you've brought them back to take over the House and screw things up again.

      November 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • meyert

      Really Jesus? Because, history shows that the Democrats have controlled both the House and Senate 75% of the time over the last 50 years. That speaks volumes for me.

      November 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Studdmuffins

    And you watch, the GOP will grow their favorite programs...just like the Dem's did.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • db

      Of course, is that not the way of the Washington Political agenda regardless of the needs of the people or the nation?

      November 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      True Studmuffin, but the repubs claim to cut government spending during campaigns, then renege. Democrats aren't that hypocritical.

      November 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Squad

      Hilarious, Delusional Todd thinks the Dems aren't hypocritical.

      What got them fired?

      OBama talk, talk, talk and no action. HIred lobbyists, tax cheats and backroom deals. All lies.

      Good luck.

      November 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dcw

    In the case of the Washington races it has nothing whatsoever to do with electronic voting machines - the reason our vote counts aren't finished is because Washington is largely a vote-by-mail state. Takes time to get all those in, and in the case of the ones postmarked on election day they probably haven't even landed in the auditor's office yet. Anything with a narrow-enough margin that the uncounted/unreceived votes could conceivably push one way or the other is kept undeclared until enough of those votes are counted to make a clear majority obvious.

    My county is exclusively vote-by-mail. We don't even HAVE electronic voting machines.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cole

    Actually the electoral vote got bush elected. and if Al Gore would've been elected the first thing on his agenda would've been to fin MAN BEAR PIG.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Vader

      I presume it must be pretty difficult to type when your cranium is embedded in your rectum.

      November 3, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      Actually, Cole, the U. S. Supreme Court, judges who were appointed by Reagan and Daddy Bush, stopped the vote re-count in Florida and gave the election to W. He did not win the election.

      November 3, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. db

    It is really to bad that Harry Reed, Barbra Boxer,and Barney Frank are still in office. I think that if they had disappeared that would have sounded a complete collapse of the Democratic ideals and prove they were not listening to the American Public. I truly believe that the Democratic party quit listening to the Average Joe and just wanted to ram their agenda down our throats as they partied away in DCA.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Do you really think EITHER party is listening to America? I heard nothing in any campaign about anyone doing something POSITIVE for the American people. The Democrats aren't going away and the Republicans aren't going away. What has gone away is the ability for anything to get done in a bi-partisan manner. And as a result we have gridlock on many levels.

      Most of America is not extreme left or extreme right. We are in the middle. And watching both parties catering to either fear or extremes is disenfranchising most American voters.

      This was the MOST EXPENSIVE election EVER. Much of that had to do with unlimited corporate contributions. It's sad that a corporation can give unlimited amounts to a campaign, but I as an individual have set limits. It all comes down to money and following where it comes from on either side. We must get control of our elections back and stop candidates from being bought before they even begin the process.

      November 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • REALLY?

      Bob, not entirely... Meg Whitman of California spent over $160 million of her own money (eBay billionaire). So there's a large portion of what was spent on this political race by her alone. Several other "wealthy" candidates spent a decent amount of their own fortunes as well. In Minnesota, former senator Mark Dayton spent over $3.1 million of his own cash to boost his Gubernatorial status.

      November 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Big Money Rich People trying to hold on to their money being backed by big money. Surprised. I'm not. At least she kept the copy machine printing and what the hell else campaign money goes for. Did she put people to work in Calif. with the 160 million she spent?

      November 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      There is something really wrong when a person is willing to spend $160 million to win an election. Couldn't be because of backroom deals that net them a few bucks, could it?

      November 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pat

    Barney Frank is gay!...No really he's gay.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • db

      So he's happy all the time, so what?

      November 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • UrAverageJoe

      GASP! They allow gay people in America!

      November 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 0 for 4

    So for at least the next two years nothing will be accomplished by the feds. Republican House, Democratic Senate. They will never compromise to come up with working solutions to the huge problems we face. Brace yourselves for another dip in the recession.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • virginia doc

      think about what you are saying for a second because it is good news. if capitol hill gets nothing done then at least they aren't making things worse. hooray for gridlock!

      November 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nygirl

    Hold on for Illinois....there are 15,000 absentee votes from Cook County to be counted.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geez

      Ya, thats what the state needs... rely more on what Crook County wants.

      November 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • nygirl

      They lost northern Cook County because of Brady;s extreme social conservatism. If they had picked someone more like Kirk, this would not be happening..

      November 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • nygirl

      And, guys all say voting by the people, and Cook County has the most people. Sorry they don't do what you want.

      November 3, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geez

      Did I say do what I want? Id just settle for doing whats legal.

      November 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • hehe

      hmm – give the corrupt city political machine the benefit of the doubt? Never saw that coming from someone named nygirl.

      November 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dave klaboe

    Maybe Boehner won't have time to get to the tanning salon, now that he has a bigger job, the spray on will just have to suffice. Or do you believe he gets all that brown just mowing his lawn? lol.

    November 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. torak

    Think of how much more significant the election results would have been for the Republicans had it not been for Sarah Palin's candidates. She single-handedly caused the GOP to lose Senate races in Nevada, Colorado, and Delaware by backing idiot candidates who talked crazy talk. Those three seats would have easily gone to the Republicans if the nut-jobs had not been nominated. Nevada and Delaware Senate seats were sure things for the Republicans until the extremeist nut-jobs got nominated with Sarah Palin's help. A reasonable and intelligent Republican probably could have won in Colorado. So Sarah Palin owns the Senate losses in these three states, plus the loss of her handpicked Senate candidate in Alaska.

    November 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. shutuppeople

    How can a family come together if the House Is Divided????

    November 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • coastiegirl

      True statement– been thinking the same thing myself... I've concluded that Liberals and Conservatives really can't compromise– their ideology/morality scales alone are too different. Perhaps even to the point where our country is, as it was leading up to the Civil War, a House Divided...

      November 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
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