| A roundup of races that haven't yet been decided:
AK-Sen: Will this race be finalized before Ted Stevens is carted off to the big house? Answer: Yes. Will it be over before the Senate has a chance to boot his sorry ass? Maybe not. While Unca Ted has a 3,300-vote lead, some 76,000 ballots remain to be counted. Supposedly, they need to be counted by Nov. 14th, but the "target date" for certification is not until Nov. 25th (PDF). And then, who knows - maybe we'll have a recount.
P.S. More here from Mark Begich's brother Tom.
CA-04: Conservative Icon™ Tom McClintock has a 451-vote lead with 100% of precincts counted. Absentees and provisional ballots need to be counted. But check this out:
If no candidate is more than ½ of 1 percentage point ahead in the semiofficial Election Day results, county election officials will automatically begin partial manual audits. After the counties deliver their totals to the secretary of state in December the candidates will have the option to ask for a recount. (Emphasis added.)
We could be waiting a long time on this one.
GA-Sen: This race will likely go to a run-off between Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin. A run-off can't formally be declared until the state certifies the election results next week, and outstanding votes could possibly tip the race to Chambliss. Nonetheless, both sides are in campaign mode. If there is a run-off, it will be held Dec. 2nd.
LA-04: This seat will also feature a run-off between Dem Paul Carmouche and Republican John Fleming. The date for that face-off is Dec. 6th.
MD-01: Dem Frank Kratovil is sitting on a 915-vote lead. But some 25,000 absentee ballots need to be counted. Results get certified Nov. 14th - not too bad, compared to some other states.
MN-Sen: An automatic recount seems certain here. Dickface Norm Coleman leads by a mind-boggling 475 votes out of 2.9 million cast. (Shades of WA-Gov 2004?) Oh, and here's why I'm calling him a dickface. State law provides for an automatic recount if the margin is less than 0.5%. Yet this is what he's said:
"Yesterday the voters spoke. We prevailed," Coleman said Wednesday at a news conference. He noted Franken could opt to waive the recount.
"It's up to him whether such a step is worth the tax dollars it will take to conduct," Coleman said, telling reporters he would "step back" if he were in Franken's position. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said the recount would cost 3 cents per ballot, or almost $90,000.
What a chiseler - ninety-fucking-thousand dollars. That's like one wealthy-donor-funded Nieman Marcus shopping spree for this douchenozzle. Anyhow, the same article says that a recount won't begin until mid-November and could take "weeks." Lawyers, ten-hut!
OH-15: As noted below, GOPer Steve "Steve" Stivers is ahead of Mary Jo Kilroy by just 321 votes. We may get final results in ten days, or maybe longer. If the final margin is under 0.5%, then there will be an automatic recount. We had one of those last time in this very same race - it took until mid-December to complete.
VA-05: Dem Tom Perriello is clinging to a 31-vote lead over incumbent Virgil Goode. Absentees need to be counted. This race will surely go to a recount. However, VA law does not provide for automatic recounts, and a candidate cannot request one until after the official canvas is complete. That isn't until Nov. 24th, so sit tight.
WA-08: Good idea: Let's allow everyone in Washington state to vote by mail! Bad idea: Let's make the rule that you have to postmark your ballot by election day. In neighboring Oregon (the vote-by-mail pioneer), ballots sensibly have to be received by election day. But Washington has decided to do things the annoying way, so it'll be a while before we get final results here - election officials say it'll take a week to count all the ballots. (Though I don't know if there is a drop-dead date by which ballots must be received.)
Anyhow, in the meantime, we know that GOPer Dave Reichert has about a 1,900-vote lead over Darcy Burner. The good news is that in 2006, Reichert won by 14.83% in Pierce County and 0.15% in King County. This time so far, he's ahead by just 12.22% in Pierce and is behind 1.62% in King, which has 80% of the district's population. My sense is that Burner probably has to start doing a little bit better in King to pull this one off.
UPDATE: Skywaker9 says that properly postmarked ballots have to be received within a week in WA.
LATE UPDATE (James): In the shocker race in California's 44th District, where unheralded Dem challenger Bill Hedrick is trailing GOP scuzzbucket Rep. Ken Calvert by 4600 votes, neither side has declared victory yet.