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Update: The Two Unresolved House Races

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November 19, 2012

And then there were two. With Democratic Rep. Ron Barber's reelection win over GOP challenger Martha McSally in Arizona's 2nd District, just two House races remain at all in question nearly two weeks after the election -- thought the Democratic candidates have now declared victory in both contests (in Florida, for the second time):

-- North Carolina's 7th District:

Counting is finished in the district, and the results show Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre beat GOP challenger David Rouzer -- but by just 655 votes.

McIntyre's campaign declared victory, but the small margin of victory means Rouzer can request a recount. The recount would be held next week.

-- Florida's 18th District:

While this race still hasn't been called, it's becoming increasingly difficult to see any way forward for GOP Rep. Allen West as his Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy declared victory Sunday. The Associated Press:

Election officials missed a deadline on Sunday to report results of a two-day recount in Representative Allen B. West's bid to remain in Congress, apparently sealing unofficial results giving the victory to his Democratic opponent, Patrick Murphy.

St. Lucie County did not meet a noon cutoff to finish processing 37,379 ballots that were cast early in the 18th Congressional District race, but it eventually released the results, which showed Mr. Murphy gaining votes in the recount. Regardless, under Florida law, previously submitted results favoring Mr. Murphy will be certified unless an emergency exemption is granted by the state.

West is still showing no signs of conceding, despite the latest development.

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