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Undecided House Races

9:30 PM, Nov 7, 2008 • By KEVIN VANCE
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MD-1:
Democrat Frank Kratovil leads Republican Andy Harris by 2,003 votes in this district that includes all of Maryland's Eastern Shore and parts of three counties west of the bay. Harris's campaign thinks there are about 10,000 outstanding provisional and absentee ballots. In order to win, the remaining ballots need to go 3-2 for Harris. Earlier today, the Associated Press and CNN called the race for Kratovil. Harris hasn't conceded, and Kratovil cautioned against premature celebration.

CA-4:
Tom McClintock netted another 118 votes over Democrat Charlie Brown in their nail-biting race to represent California's Fourth District, stretching from the Sacramento suburbs to Lake Tahoe and up to the Oregon border. McClintock now leads by 827 votes, but up to 40,000 ballots absentee and provisional ballots remain to be counted. County elections offices have until December 2 to finish their canvassing, so the winner likely won't be known until then.

AK-AL:
Republican incumbent Don Young maintains an eight percentage point lead over his Democratic opponent, Ethan Berkowitz. However, nearly 63,000 absentee and early ballots remain uncounted as of Thursday night. About 18,000 additional questioned ballots also require review. Alaska's deadline for finishing the vote count is November 19, with final certification on November 25.

WA-8:
Republican incumbent Dave Reichert leads Democratic challenger Darcy Burner in his suburban Seattle district by 6,403 votes with 77 percent of precincts reporting.

OH-15:
With thousands of provisional and late-arriving absentee ballots still uncounted, Republican Steve Stivers leads Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy by 149 votes. The two are each hoping to replace retiring Republican Deborah Pryce, whom Kilroy nearly defeated in 2006.

VA-5:
Republican incumbent Virgil Goode trails Tom Perriello in southern Virginia's Fifth District by 745 votes. Nearly all votes have been counted, leading Perriello to declare victory. Goode hasn't conceded, and is unlikely to concede until vote certification on November 24. Barring vote-counting errors, Rep. Goode will probably need to rely on absentee ballots from overseas that were postmarked by the date of the election in order to keep his seat.

LA-4:
In northwest Louisiana, Republican physician John Fleming and Democratic district attorney Paul Carmouche won their respective primaries on Tuesday. On December 6, they will face off to replace retiring Republican representative Jim McCrery. Despite this district's conservative bent, it is likely to be competitive given Carmouche's popularity.