A number of House races are still outstanding, even in the eastern half of the United States where polls have been closed for several hours.
In Georgia, Rep. Sanford Bishop (D) got a brief reprieve after the Associated Press said he would lose but rescinded that call. In Northern Virginia, freshman Rep. Gerry Connolly’s (D) race against Keith Fimian (R) had yet to be called at 2:15 a.m. Three other Virginia Democrats lost their seats Tuesday night.
A few races that weren’t expected to be close also were left without results late in the evening. In northeastern Minnesota, longtime Rep. James Oberstar (D) was still awaiting results in his race against Chip Cravaack (R) as fellow Minnesota Reps. Tim Walz (D), Collin Peterson (D) and Michele Bachmann (R) kept their jobs.
In southeastern Texas, 14-term Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D) seemed to have narrowly lost to Blake Farenthold (R) in a race that got only minimal national attention in the last days before the election.
In northeastern Illinois, Rep. Melissa Bean (D) was barely trailing Joe Walsh (R). A liberal third-party candidate was pulling more than 3 percent of the vote, a difference that could ultimately unseat Bean. Though Bean is a perennial GOP target, national Republicans chose not to pay much attention to her district after Walsh won the primary.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.