House race updates

We retained a couple of seats in Ohio and New Mexico:

More than a week after Rep. Heather A. Wilson (R-N.M.) claimed a razor-thin election victory, her Democratic challenger conceded yesterday, saying that a recount would cost too much and that there was no guarantee it would reverse the result.

In Ohio’s 2nd District, Rep. Jean Schmidt (R) also clinched reelection yesterday when additional ballot counts gave her an insurmountable edge of about 3,200 votes over Democratic challenger Victoria Wulsin.

Wilson won by 875 votes. The final tally showed the five-term congresswoman with 105,921 votes to 105,046 votes for Patricia Madrid, New Mexico’s attorney general.

Madrid could have requested a recount, but she would have had to pay for it, and she estimated that a districtwide recount could cost $300,000.

Considering this ad, which to me showed Madrid at her absolute worst, I’m surprised the Wilson/Madrid race was as close as it was.

There are still some undecided races, including one right here in NC:

· In North Carolina, a recount is underway in the 8th District. Rep. Robin Hayes (R) led Democrat Larry Kissell by 339 votes after the results were certified Friday night. Kissell then asked for the recount.

· In Ohio’s 15th District, Rep. Deborah Pryce, a member of the House Republican leadership, led Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy by 3,717 votes yesterday amid a count of provisional ballots.

· In Florida, state officials certified Republican Vern Buchanan the winner over Democrat Christine Jennings by 369 votes, or by less than 0.02 percent of the total. Jennings challenged the result Monday, asserting that touch-screen voting machines had malfunctioned. She asked a judge to order a new election.

· Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), the subject of an FBI bribery investigation, will face fellow Democrat Karen Carter in a Dec. 9 runoff, and Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-Tex.) will face former congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez (D) in a Dec. 12 runoff.

Here’s more on that contested Buchanan/Jennings race. This is the race that Kos and Co. went ballistic over, holding a fundraiser in an effort to “get Diebold.” when it was pointed out to them that evil “Republican-controlled” Diebold machines weren’t used in that race, it still didn’t matter to the perpetually outraged far lefties at Daily Kos.

Speaking of the elections, something I’ve been thinking lately is that, in spite of all the hype surrounding what a ‘great job’ Rahm Emanuel and other Dems supposedly did during the campaign season which many are crediting with Dems taking over Congress, perhaps their strategy had very little to do with Dems winning. Considering the ratings for Congress were in the tank all year, I think there’s a strong likelihood that the Dems would have won without any sweeping comprehensive strategy. I mean, the media is almost treating the Dem takeover as a “surprise” – but was it?

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