U.S. House and Senate races that are too close to call

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By CASEY HARPER | THE CENTER SQUARE

Two days after Election Day, several races are still too close to call, leaving the fate of the U.S. House and Senate hanging in the balance.

FiveThirtyEight currently has 210 Republican House seats compared to 200 for Democrats, leaving both short of the 218 needed to control that chamber.

The House is still leaning toward Republicans, though, with expected House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., declaring Republican control. Nancy Pelosi has not publicly weighed in, even as many wait to see if she will retire from leadership.

In fact, some races are separated by only a handful of votes. Outspoken supporter of former President Donald Trump, Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., pictured above, is leading her opponent by about 400 votes at time of publication. Arizona, California, Nevada and other states also have close House races.

Control of the Senate is still undecided and may come down to a Dec. 6 Georgia runoff between Republican Herschel Walker and Democrat Raphael Warnock. Arizona’s Senate race is not called, though Democrat Mark Kelley leads Republican Blake Masters roughly 51.4% to 46.4%. The Arizona Secretary of State’s website indicates 100% of precincts reporting but Maricopa County is still reportedly working through hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots turned in on Tuesday.

In Nevada’s uncalled Senate race, Republican Adam Laxalt leads Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto 49.4% to 47.6%, with 83% reporting.

Gubernatorial races are tight as well. The closely watched governor’s race in Arizona has Republican Kari Lake behind Democrat Katie Hobbs by about 13,000 votes as counts continue Thursday.

Overall, election night disappointed many Republicans who hoped for the “red wave.”

“So after all the analysis it is clear the most likely case is both houses of Congress will go Red and the mega states of TX and FL go redder,” Matt Schlapp, chair of the Conservative Political Action Committee, wrote on Twitter. “We lost too many close races but all in all I go back to VA very pleased.”

Former President Donald Trump has taken criticism after many of the candidates he backed did not fare well, but he pushed back against those critiques in a string of posts on Truth Social Wednesday and Thursday.

“Incredible how dishonest the Fake News Media is,” he wrote. “The Failing New York Times has gone crazy. So many of the people I Endorsed went on to victory on Tuesday Night, nobody was even close, and they literally make up a story refusing to write the facts, and only quoting enemies and losers. Almost all of the people I endorsed WON, yet if you read the story from two Trump hating writers (who only do as they are told!), you would not even recognize the truth.”

Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, President Joe Biden said he always expected Democrats to do “fine” and wants to work with Republicans going forward.

“While we don’t know all of the results yet – at least, I don’t know them all yet – here’s what we do know,” he said. “While the press and the pundits are predicting a giant red wave, it didn’t happen. And I know you were somewhat miffed by my – my [sic] optimism, but I felt good during the whole process. I thought we were going to do fine.

“The American people have made clear, I think, that they expect Republicans to be prepared to work with me as well,” he added.

Casey Harper is a Senior Reporter for the Washington, D.C. Bureau. He previously worked for The Daily Caller, The Hill, and Sinclair Broadcast Group. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Casey’s work has also appeared in Fox News, Fox Business, and USA Today.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Democrats always use the standard line of “working together in a bi-partisan manner.”
    This means, “you Republicans will acquiesce to us Democrats.”
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    Nope. Ain’t happening anymore. Republicans know what Democrats really mean. From now on the Democrats will do the acquiesing. Or, prepare for battle.

    • The best thing that can happen to the US is a gridlocked Congress.
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      There is no way of sugarcoating it. Congress is your enemy. They have the power to take your money and spend it on things they want, not things you want. Sure, every once in a while, you benefit, but not enough to justify their abuse of power.
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      It is Government versus the people. The slower it works, the better, in my opinion.

      • It’s not just a gridlocked Congress that works best for the people, every level of government works best for the people when gridlocked. While I agree with you that with our current government “is Government versus the people. The slower it works, the better” I believe that a responsive, controlled, and right sized government would serve us, the people, best. Unfortunately we will never see that, so gridlock is the next best alternative. As it stands, most people get involved with government to rule over others, regardless of their political beliefs, it is about power and control for them and not serving their fellow citizens.

  2. Hmmmm didn’t like 175 trump endorsed candidates win???? @ Suzanne Downing. Know one is talking about Stacy Abrams defeat everyone got quiet on that one, Robert O’rourke oh let’s not talk about that either.

  3. See what happens when we have a blood moon of the lunar, remember the lunar is of the night the lunatics and the thieves of the night we are taught play in that light it’s evils play ground. Notice how everything changed now don and Ron don’t get along and the republicans are scrambling NOT. Our elections can’t be done on one day no more since Obama came to be. We are free to choose good or evil kind or mad Jesus or the false one. Our nation is Bible based and founded in GOD, oath integrity is absolutely what makes us work. It’s the beginning of the end I think GOD has had about enough of being mocked. Getting interesting on earth citizens Jesus expects us to back him as he did us. Oath integrity or mock our father oath breakers.

  4. Too close to call? Why don’t they just say what data do they need to manipulate to put in the globalist choice?
    If you look at the turn out of the rally’s by President Trump compared to campfires of the left, there is no question that elections are stolen.

  5. McCarthy would probably prefer Boebert loses, he will need some Democratic votes top get anything done. Fat chance of that. Pelosi will leave the debt ceiling up to McCarthy to further embarass him IMO

  6. So what are we going to do when they magically find enough ballots to put Nancy back in as Speaker? Mail-in ballots should be limited to those truly unable to vote in person such as our military personnel overseas; ID to vote (I’d actually also want your thumb on a purple ink pad so you couldn’t vote again!); no more voting machines that can be manipulated; back to an election DAY! If this election winds up with Nancy back, stick a fork in it, we’re done.

  7. The people who bothered to vote have spoken. They want more of what Biden is doing to us.

    Hope you like socialism with a healthy does of oligarchy. That’s where we are.

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