Election officials in New Mexico hoped to have certified results Monday, while a North Carolina recount was expected to wrap up Wednesday, and a dispute in Ohio over a new voter identification law will delay results in one race until past Thanksgiving weekend.
Elections in Louisiana and Texas will go to runoffs in December.
And in Florida, a judge is holding hearings over ballots used by electronic voting machines that recorded a much higher number of undervotes (or non-votes) in the close contest to replace GOP Rep. Katherine Harris. The Associated Press called that race for Republican Vern Buchanan.
The outcome of these races won't give Republicans a new chance to take back the majority in Congress that Democrats won Election Day, since Democrats have too big a margin of control. And most of the races are in seats already held by the GOP.
Right now, Democrats hold 232 seats and Republicans hold 198 seats — excluding five House seats where the outcome is uncalled (and not the Louisiana runoff, since it will remain Democrat regardless of who wins).
Still to be called are:
In addition, runoffs will pick the officeholder in Louisiana, where Democratic Rep. William Jefferson, the subject of an FBI bribery investigation, will face fellow Democrat Karen Carter in a Dec. 9 runoff; and in Texas, where GOP Rep. Henry Bonilla will face Democratic former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez in a yet-unscheduled runoff to happen no sooner than Dec. 12.
In North Carolina, attorneys for Hayes — a four-term congressman who found himself in a much closer race with Kissell, a schoolteacher — had petitioned to have most provisional ballots thrown out because of missing signatures, Social Security numbers or other mistakes. Provisional ballots are filled out by voters whose names do not show up on precinct rolls on Election Day, and Democrats are counting on those votes to erase Hayes' margin.
In the Florida contest to replace GOP Rep. Katherine Harris, The Associated Press called the race for Republican Vern Buchanan. But the state has yet to certify he was the winner, with unofficial votes showing him ahead of Democrat Christine Jennings by less than 400 votes after a manual recount.
Jennings said she will likely challenge the results after the Florida Election Canvassing Commission certifies the recount results on Monday.
A judge is holding hearings in Sarasota County, where touch-screen voting machines recorded that 13 percent of voters did not choose either Buchanan or Jennings, despite casting ballots in other races on the ballot. That rate was much higher than other counties in the district.
Jennings has seized on the fact that the machines showed over 18,000 people — one in eight voters — voted in other races, but made no choice in the congressional race. The undervote rate in Sarasota County was more than 10 percent greater than the rate in Manatee County, which doesn't use touch-screen machines and is the district's second largest county.
Unofficial recount results showed Jennings beating Buchanan in Sarasota County by about 53 percent to 47 percent.
"We are going to continue," said Jennings' attorney Kendall Coffey. "We need to know the truth about the software inside the systems. Fortunately, we have overwhelming statistical evidence that demonstrates machine failure. Fortunately, we have an almost unheard number of eyewitness accounts by voters from every walk of life."
Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent said she was confident about the recount totals.
"I'm offering no explanation," Dent said. "My job is done and the canvassing board is done."
Buchanan says the recount confirmed initial results, and that the district's voters deserve closure.
The touch-screen system was already unpopular. Sarasota County voters approved an initiative in the Nov. 7 election that will force the county to abandon the $4.5 million touch-screen system in favor of one that creates a paper trail before the 2008 election.