Handful of races remain undecided a day after midterms

Handful of races remain undecided a day after midterms
© Moriah Ratner

A day after voters headed to the polls to cast their ballots, the outcomes from a handful of competitive races remain up in the air.

Eighteen races — two in the Senate, 15 in the House and one gubernatorial election — have yet to be called as final vote counts trickle in. In some cases, the candidates are hoping for recounts or even runoff elections.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key races left on the map:

Florida Senate

One of the most expensive and hard-fought races of the 2018 cycle barreled into Wednesday undecided.

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Republican Rick Scott, Florida’s two-term governor, led Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonElection Countdown: Florida fight ends with Scott, DeSantis wins | Dems see Sunbelt in play for 2020 | Trump to campaign in Mississippi ahead of runoff | GOP wipeout in Orange County | Ortiz Jones concedes in Texas House race Officials overseeing elections should relinquish authority while running for office, says polling editor Rhetoric on voter fraud, suppression erodes confidence in elections, says polling editor MORE (D-Fla.) by an ultra-thin 0.4-point margin, prompting the three-term Democrat to demand a recount.

In Florida, two candidates must be half a point apart to trigger an automatic machine recount or a quarter point apart to prompt a hand recount.

Despite Nelson’s call for a recount, Scott’s campaign insisted on Wednesday that the race was all but decided and accused Nelson of "desperately trying to hold on to something that no longer exists."

Arizona Senate

Arizona presented Democrats with one of their best shots at picking up a GOP-held Senate seat. But the race between Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyElection Countdown: Florida fight ends with Scott, DeSantis wins | Dems see Sunbelt in play for 2020 | Trump to campaign in Mississippi ahead of runoff | GOP wipeout in Orange County | Ortiz Jones concedes in Texas House race Dem gains put Sunbelt in play for 2020 Reelection campaign starts now, like it or not MORE (R) carried on into Wednesday, with the Republican leading by less than 1 point.

There are still a few votes that need to be counted — most of them in Democratic-leaning counties, like Maricopa and Pima.

The two candidates would have to be within a tenth of a point of each other to trigger a recount.

House races

CA-10

Rep. Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamDemocratic gains erasing House GOP in California California New Members 2019 Election Countdown: Hyde-Smith's 'public hanging' joke shakes up Mississippi runoff | New lawsuits in Florida | Trump wants Florida election official fired | Mia Love sues to stop Utah vote count | Republican MacArthur loses NJ House race MORE (R-Calif.) is locked in one of the closest House races in California. He currently holds a slim 1-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Josh Harder.

CA-25

Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) could be on his way out of the House if Democrat Katie Hill holds her nearly 3-point lead.

CA-39

Republican Young Kim is leading Democrat Gil Cisneros by just under 3 points. If that lead holds, Kim could become the first Korean-American woman to serve in the House.

CA-48

Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherDemocratic gains erasing House GOP in California California New Members 2019 McCarthy defeats Jordan for minority leader in 159-to-43 vote MORE (R-Calif.) is locked in a fight for political survival against Democrat Harley Rouda, who’s leading in the polls by just more than 1 point.

CA-49

Democrat Mike Levin is carrying a 4-point lead over Republican Diane Harkey in their race to succeed retiring Rep. Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaDemocratic gains erasing House GOP in California California New Members 2019 Dem Mike Levin wins Issa's open House seat in southern California MORE (R-Calif.). Still, there are a lot of votes to count.

GA-06

After a hard-fought special election last year that ended with a Republican win, Democrats are taking another stab at this Atlanta-area district. Rep. Karen HandelKaren Christine HandelDem pollster says women candidates are better at connecting with voters on personal level Georgia New Members 2019 The Hill's Morning Report — Trump heads to Paris as attorney general controversy intensifies MORE (R-Ga.) is currently trailing Democrat Lucy McBath by 1 point.

GA-07

Rep. Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallElection Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February Federal judge finds Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act by rejecting ballots MORE (R-Ga.) is locked in an ultra-close race against Democrat Carolyn Bordeaux. He’s currently leading by less than half a point.

ME-02

Rep. Bruce PoliquinBruce Lee PoliquinElection Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP Democrat Jared Golden beats GOP's Poliquin in Maine Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February MORE (R-Maine) is struggling to hold back a challenge from Democrat Jared Golden in this vast Maine district. He’s holding on to a 0.1-point lead.

NC-09

Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready are neck-in-neck in this southern North Carolina race. A libertarian candidate, Jeff Scott, has so far taken nearly 2 percent of the vote.

NJ-03

Rep. Tom MacArthurThomas (Tom) Charles MacArthurNew Jersey New Members 2019 On The Money: Trump, Senate leaders to huddle on border wall funding | Fed bank regulator walks tightrope on Dodd-Frank | Koch-backed groups blast incentives for corporations after Amazon deal Overnight Health Care — Presented by The Partnership for Safe Medicines — Dem vows Medicare drug price negotiations will be priority | ObamaCare enrollment down compared to last year | HHS declares health emergency in California MORE (R-N.J.) is fighting for his political life, with vote counts showing him and Democrat Andy Kim within 1 point of one another.

NM-02

Republican Yvette Herrell and Democrat Xochitl Torres Small are battling it out in this ultra-competitive House race. They’re currently within 1 point of one another.

UT-04

If Democrat Ben McAdams can hold on to his current lead in this race, it could spell the end of Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveElection Countdown: Florida fight ends with Scott, DeSantis wins | Dems see Sunbelt in play for 2020 | Trump to campaign in Mississippi ahead of runoff | GOP wipeout in Orange County | Ortiz Jones concedes in Texas House race 16 Dems sign letter opposing Pelosi as Speaker Mia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit MORE’s (R-Utah) career in the House.

Georgia governor's race

The gubernatorial race Georgia drew national attention as Democrat Stacey Abrams sought to become the first black woman elected governor in U.S. history. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, though, she’s trailing Republican Brian Kemp by a little less than 2 points.

Abrams isn’t conceding. She’s hoping that the race will go down to a runoff that’ll give her one more shot at defeating Kemp, Georgia’s conservative secretary of state.

In Georgia, a runoff election is triggered only if neither candidate receives 50 percent of the vote. With Kemp’s current count at 50.4 percent, he’s on track for a win — at least for now.