Several House Races Too Close to Call; Democratic Pickup at 14

Posted November 5, 2008 at 2:12am

Several House races were still too close to call Wednesday morning, although Democrats held leads in most of these key contests.

As of 3 a.m. Eastern time, House Democrats had gained a net of 14 seats — a smaller gain than many analysts predicted in recent weeks.

Here are some of the races that have not been called:

In Michigan’s 7th district, state Sen. Mark Schauer (D) held a 4,000 vote lead over Rep. Tim Walberg (R). With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Schauer led Walberg, 48 percent to 47 percent.

A central Virginia race was also too close to call. Rep. Virgil Goode (R) trailed attorney Tom Perriello (D) by about 1,000 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

In Maryland, Queen Anne County State’s Attorney Frank Kratovil (D) led conservative state Sen. Andy Harris (R), who defeated Rep. Wayne Gilchrest in the GOP primary earlier this year. Kratovil led Harris by about 1,000 votes with 100 percent of precincts reported, but the race was too close to determine a winner yet.

Ohio’s 15th district might see its second vote recount in as many election cycles. Franklin County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy (D) lost her recount to Rep. Deborah Pryce (R) in 2006 by 1,055 votes. As of early Wednesday, Kilroy trailed state Sen. Steve Stivers (R) by 964 votes.

Two other Ohio races, in the 1st and 16th districts, had also not been called as of 3 a.m.

In another House race too close to call, businessman Walt Minnick held a 4,000-vote lead over Rep. Bill Sali (R-Idaho) with 63 percent of precincts reporting. And in California’s 4th district open seat race, state Sen. Tom McClintock (R) had a small lead over retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charlie Brown (D), 51 percent to 49 percent, with 64 percent of precincts reporting.