It's been almost a week since the historic elections of 2008. We still have six races pending, evenly divided between the House and the Senate.
As I posted about earlier, in the Senate, we have:
- Alaska: currently they're counting absentee ballots, about 80,000 of them. Incumbent Senator Ted Stevens remains in the lead, but it's only by about 3,200 votes over our supported candidate, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich. This race is going to take awhile to resolve and could involve a recount. Ballots are still arriving from overseas; they need to be received by November 19th. The final count of absentee and questioned ballots is set for that day and certification of the election will be on November 25th.
- Georgia: The race between our candidate Jim Martin and incumbent Saxby Chambliss is headed to a runoff on December 2nd. Neither candidate achieved the required 50 percent plus 1 vote necessary to avoid a runoff. Both campaigns are gearing up for the short sprint to the 2nd. I'm sure we'll have more to report on this exciting race.
- Minnesota: This race is definitely going to a run with incumbent Norm Coleman over our challenger Al Franken by only 206 votes! Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is calling for patience as they move into the mandate recount process. With luck, Ritchie believes the recount of almost 3 million ballots will be complete by mid-December.
On the House side, we have: