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. tsp

    Cook County, Illinois needs to be their own state. How can it be that an entire state votes for one candidate, and the other candidate becomes the possible victor because of Cook County. UNREAL!

    November 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Vader

      Because that is where the WE THE PEOPLE live. Try and wrap your tiny head around that concept.

      November 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tory

    Obama and Dems would have been given more time, if they hadn't turned their backs on Working Class Taxpayers, sided AGAINST Christianity, sided with ILLEGAL Aliens, etc.etc.etc.etc. Dems & Obama have done a Wonderful job helping everone EXCEPT the people like me, and the many other swing voters who voted him into office.

    November 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • nygirl

      The government shouldn't be siding for or against ANY religion. That's what's wrong with you people. Take your religion back to your church and out of the government. I'm Jewish, should I be deported?

      November 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greatlandguy

      If you expect ANY Government to help you, you will be waiting a very long time.

      November 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madarain

      NYGIRL...What is wrong with you? Instead of blaming the administration for attacking certain faiths, you attack the attacked Christian and insinuate he wants you deported. Are you crazy? Obama is highly anti-Christian & anti-Israel, but you lash out at the guy who cries foul at their misdeeds. Don't you know he was standing up for you too?

      November 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Vader

      Actually Tory, plenty has been done to help people like you, you just spend your time watching Fox news, who won't acknowledge any of that.

      November 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Vader

      Madarain...what alternate reality are you living in?

      November 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Doreen

    REALLY....... Anyone with two brain cells had that figured out an hour after it all happened...... GREED at any cost...

    November 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nygirl

    They'd still have more people then say, Wyoming.

    Brady had very small margins in DuPage apparently as well, according to my friend there. So with total number of votes, the Northern part of the state will push Quinn through if he wins.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tory

    I'm Sorry nygirl, I ment to say GOD. I ment no offense to ANY God loving people. And I truly mean that.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greatlandguy

    Good luck, Colorado. You used to be a conservative, sensible state and now with all the flatlanders and Californians taking over there for the last 20 years, you have become the Left Coast, Rocky Mountain Chapter. Glad I left many years ago for Alaska.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CBR

    Even thought it looks as if the Republicans have a strong majority in the house there is still division in the party. The TEA Party members vs the main stream party. There are some who are so strident that it may be hard to get them to go along.

    The picture will be more complete when the party leadership in Congress becomes known. Some of those mentioned are hardliners and there will be little room for compromise.

    From the outside, you will have Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbuor and others who have strong ideas and are not hesitant to speak up and to criticize.

    Should be an interesting year,

    November 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr. B

    It is really amazing to hear Republicans say they are for a small efficient government. Correct me if I am wrong, but GWB inherited a budget surplus? Yes... GWB created several new departments, expanding the government? Yes... GWB kicked off wars in two countries costing us billions? Yes... Isn't GWB a Republican and didn't these fools that got elected/re-elected support that? Yes... So how does a logical thinking person expect these same idiots to curb spending and balance the budget, provide jobs to the many that are without work, or give the helpless hope?

    November 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      You and I remember, republicans have short memories. You would think they had better memories since their mascot is an elephant.

      November 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ange

    Well it is what it is. When the TeaReps screw up again they will be out again!! Let's see if they will say yes to anything now.... It amazes me how they the TeaReps can screw the country for 8 years+ and then everyone expects the Dems to correct in 18 months? Do the math people it is impossible especially when you have a party of NO, NO, NO throwing a tantrum of something they messed up in the first place.

    Give me a Bounty Paper towel now I need to wipe all the tearep crap from my mind and move forward.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Check your history and you will see that the Dems had been in control of congress since 2006, and it is congress that sets the budget, not the Executive branch. And if you look back, you will see that the Dems have basically controlled congress 3/4 of the time over the last 50 years. Also, the current congress, with help and coaching from the Obama administration exeeded the 8 years of deficit during the Bush administration in less than 2 years. But yes, true fiscal conservatives have been dissapointed with repubs over spending as well, it just pales in comparison to the dems over spending.

      November 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Squad

      Yeah I hated when Bush was in power.

      I remember Nazi Pelosi saying 6.2% unemployment a year after 9/11 and $500B deficit to protect our country after a terrorist attack was unacctable. The Dow was also at 14K.

      Then the Democrats took over, started spending money we already didn't have.

      Financial Geniuses all the Liberals are...

      November 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JF

      The Truth Squad knows no truth, and conveniently forgets who did the spending. Bush was running $300-400 billion deficits – NOT counting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan! (Discretionary spending after all!)

      Yes, the D's took both houses of Congress in 2006... however, they could not Spend Money with Bush 43's veto sitting there to stop them, and could not overturn without GOP help, which was certainly not forthcoming. The best they could do is halt the neocon agenda. You also forget that the recession began before they controlled Congress.

      Obama's spending is due to having to continue aforementioned wars, and to try and slow the economy's dive into recession or depression. That's the truth.

      November 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Daniel

    There is a saying,"ignorance is bliss". That certainly rang true for the kneejerk Republicans and the Tea Partiers this week!!! Now this country will go further down the tubes!

    November 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tory

    If America kept going in her current direction as led by Dems, there won't BE any America left for ANY of us. Can't you see how quickly outsiders are sucking away everything America has always stood for!? We have no EFFECTIVE Borders, financially we CANT support the costs in addition to the rapidly growing Welfare birth to grave society we have built. Every single day, another Judge slaps America in the face with what we know is wrong. And you want us to just GO WITH IT ???? Sorry Charlie, if I'm going down, I'm taking you with me.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      It was sucked away with 8 years of Bush / Cheney. Now we have to repair what the repubs did. Don't you get it? Bush had 8 years, did he do anything substantial with illegals? NO NO and NO. Did the Bush Administration do any thing for social security? That would be a NO. Did Bush Do anything for Insurance premiums? Yes, He sided with PHARMA and rewarded the boys to become pharma CEOs. So who led us Tory MR. Bush. Get a Clue and at least don't run your fingers if you don't know the facts.

      November 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tory

      That's right ! Bush DID screw everything up! And I was a Democrat that voted against him and republicans fir the past 20 years!! But when Obama, whom I ALSO voted for, continued the same BS only even more so, I knew he and the Dems needed to be stopped. If you are a Dem, you are going down. You wanna change that, out vote us. That's your right and choice, just as much as ours.

      November 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. S. Glover

    End Social Security and Medicare! Now that the Republicans have been swept in and promise to cut spending, they should repeal these programs as they are extremely expensive and unnecessary. It's really funny that the elderly turned out for the Republicans and Tea Party, are for smaller government and less spending but are all in favor of social security and medicare. I hope they just voted themselves out of their own benefits. Time to get a job and stop being lazy, old people.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Yeah, I could not believe that 47% of older people voted for Tea Partiers> Imagine that. My grandfather was 103 when he passed and my grandmother was 101 married 83 years. But I could not imagine them working until then. They lived with my mom till he was 100 and she was 97, then to a nursing home for 3 years. Older folks were scared by Obama? They should be really scared of the republican party.

      November 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Squad

      Are you serious?

      Sane people who understand finances want those programs PHASED OUT, not stopped immediately.

      Also, if you are over 10 years old you have been paying into the system for years and want to get the money you put into out.

      That has nothing to do with hypocrisy.

      If I put money in a bank and they charge me fees and I object to the fees do I not have a right to take my money out of the bank?


      November 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Even Steven

    Having very little hope that humanity will figure it all out before they drive themselves into extinction, I have but one question here. I'm very curious, what process leads to the Republicans being listed 1st in the race layout on this page? Was it a coin flip? Rock, paper scissors? Is money involved? Editor's preference? It certainly isn't alphabetic by party or, upon closer inspection, candidate name. So how does a news organization decide the layout of such things, CNN?

    November 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NYGUY

    The election results showed nothing but the dislike of Obama. There was so much racism within the Southern states. You think that the TEA PARTY – RACIST GROUP will help you? Well, I will see you again in 2 years. You will be worse of than now.

    You cannot hide your racism by joing a group called TEA PARTY.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ken

    To Darth Vader. BUT AT LEAST HE'D BE FREE............

    November 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
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