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61 Seats and Counting

2:43 PM, Nov 17, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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61 Seats and Counting

Last night, Rep. Melissa Bean (D, Ill.) conceded to Republican Joe Walsh, who eked out a 291-vote win in a suburban Chicago district where he was outspent four to one. That gives Republicans a 61-seat gain since November 2, and it looks like the GOP's on track to make that a 64-seat gain when the dust finally settles. The Atlantic's Chis Good has a quick rundown of the six outstanding races:

  • California's 11th District: Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) leads David Harmer (R) by 1,757 votes
  • California's 20th District: Rep. Jim Costa (D) leads Andy Vidak (R) by 1,428 votes
  • New York's 1st District: Randy Altschuler (R) leads Rep. Tim Bishop (D) by 383 votes. Absentee ballots are being counted, and Bishop's team has promised to request a recount after a recanvass of electronic voting machines swung the election-night results by 4,000, giving Altschuler the lead.
  • New York's 25th District: Ann Marie Buerkle (R) leads Rep. Dan Maffei (D) by 824 votes. After leading by 729 on election night, Buerkle has added to her lead as absentee ballots have been tallied.
  • Texas's 27th District: Blake Farenthold (R) leads Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D) by 797 votes. A recount is now underway, at Ortiz's request.

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