HOUSE Democrats leading: Arizona 07: Rep. Raul Grijalva (D) leads Republican Ruth McClung by 4,083 votes. The Arizona Secretary of State's office says that there are 34,500 early ballots and 13,000 provisional ballots in Pima County that must be verified, processed and counted. That's the most pro-Grijalva county in the state, so he's expected to win a fifth term. Arizona 08: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) leads Republican Jesse Kelly by 2,349 votes. Giffords is also still waiting for outstanding ballots from Pima County to be counted; so far, she's won 50 percent of the countywide vote to Kelly's 46 percent. California 11: Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) leads Republican David Harmer by 121 votes in the tightest race in the country - and tens of thousands of mail-in and provisional ballots likely remain to be counted. Election officials won't begin counting them until tomorrow, at the earliest. Kentucky 06: Rep. Ben Chandler (D) leads Republican Andy Barr by 644 votes, with all votes counted, according to the Kentucky Board of Elections. Barr has requested a recanvassing of all ballots cast in the district. Chandler declared victory on Election Night, but it's clear this race is still too close to call. Virginia 11: Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) leads Republican Keith Fimian by 930 votes, according to the Virginia Board of Elections. Fimian's campaign said it's waiting for a routine recanvassing of the votes before deciding how to proceed. Washington 02: Rep. Rick Larsen leads Republican John Koster by 507 votes. But that lead could be tenuous, with many remaining votes left to be counted in Snohomish County, Koster's home base. Democrats trailing California 20: Rep. Jim Costa (D) trails Republican Adam Vidak 1,823 votes. But about 150,000 mail-in, absentee and provisional ballots have yet to be counted, and the majority of them are coming from Fresno and Kern Counties, a good sign for Costa. Illinois 08: Rep. Melissa Bean (D) trails Republican Joe Walsh by 553 votes. There are 2,663 remaining absentee ballots that were requested (and not yet returned), with 1,039 of them from Bean's strongest county, Cook County. New York 25: Rep. Dan Maffei (D) trails Republican Ann Marie Buerkle by 659 votes. About 11,000 absentee ballots were distributed in the counties spanning the districts, with the majority of them concentrated in Onondoga County, where Maffei won by six points. Texas 27: Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D) trails Republican Blake Farenthold by 799 votes. In a statement late Wednesday, Ortiz said he was considering challenging the results, noting in a statement that "a polling site that opened almost one hour late on Election Day and an early voting site that lost electrical power, therefore, depriving many from casting their vote." Also in North Carolina's 2nd District, Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) said he is challenging his apparent loss to Republican Renee Elmers, though the AP has called the race for Ellmers. Etheridge trails the Republican challenger by 1,646.
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