- OREGON. Incumbent Republican Sen. Gordon Smith and Democrat Jeff Merkley, speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, remain neck and neck. With 75 percent of the votes tallied, Smith is ahead only by a small margin (525,942 to 510,799).
- MINNESOTA. With all of the precincts reporting, the unofficial figures show the Republican incumbent, Sen. Norm Coleman, leading the Democratic challenger, Al Franken, by about 700 votes out of 2.4 million cast. Recounts are triggered in Minnesota when the winning margin is less than half of 1 percent.
- ALASKA. Recently indicted Republican Senator Ted Stevens has a narrow lead over challenger Mark Begich -- 106,351 to 102,998.
- GEORGIA. Georgia seems to be headed toward a runoff election, as Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss leads Democratic challenger Jim Martin by about 110,000 votes Wednesday morning with 96 percent of the state's precincts counted. Chambliss had 49.8 percent to Martin's 46.8 percent. Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley had 3.4 percent of the vote. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent, the top two vote-getters will face a December runoff.
- U.S. HOUSE. There are five House races that are deadlocked and likely heading toward recounts: California 4th - McClintock (155,771) and Brown (155,320); New Jersey 3rd – Myers (144,360) and Adler (142,604); Washington state – Reichert (70,232) and Burner (69,083); Virginia 5th – Perriello (157,851) and Goode (156,694); and Maryland 1st – Kratovil (160,780) and Harris (159,787).
- WASHINGTON STATE. We are watching very closely the governor’s race in Washington State as it has been highly publicized as a rematch of the nail biter race in 2004, when Democrat Gregoire won the election by 133 votes after two recounts and a lawsuit. Although her lead was considerably greater this time around, Rossi refuses to concede.
- MONTANA. The Montana's secretary of state race is extremely close, with Democrat Linda McCollough deadlocked in a 49 percent tie with Republican Brad Johnson.
- GEORGIA. In Georgia, another runoff election is unfolding at the state level, as Democratic Public Service Commission candidate Jim Powell is running almost even with Republican Lauren McDonald. This race comes to our attention because of the extenuating circumstances surrounding challenges to Powell’s candidacy. He had to fend off a dogged effort by Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, who tried — despite multiple court rulings — for months to keep him off the ballot. The state Supreme Court finally ruled (unanimously) late last week that Powell should get to stay on the ballot.