That’s where the last uncalled House races lie three weeks from Election Day
As midterm election results continue to roll in three weeks after Election Day, two critical House races in California and Colorado remain too close to call.
Republicans currently hold a slim majority in the House with 220 GOP-held seats — two seats short of the 218 needed to hold a majority in the 435-seat chamber. The final uncalled House races could reshape the legislative outlook for the rest of President Biden’s term, depending on how those races swing.
Fox News Digital breaks down the two high-profile races and what’s taking so long.
The Associated Press has not yet called the race to win California’s 13th Congressional District. Republican candidate John Duarte has a narrow lead over Democratic Rep. Adam Gray by roughly 600 votes; however, with approximately 99% of the votes counted, the final result could still go either way.
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Despite Duarte’s current 0.4% margin of victory over Gray, “there is no provision in California law that requires an ‘automatic recount’ in any election contest,” according to the Secretary of State’s website State of California.
California accepts mail-in ballots for the week following Election Day, although ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 8. Ballots must also go through a signature verification process before being counted.
California is a predominantly vote-by-mail state, and every registered voter automatically receives a ballot in the mail 29 days before Election Day. With 22 million registered voters and a processing time of weeks, this means that race calls can move very slowly in the Golden State.
Statewide, California still has 244,003 votes remaining to be counted, according to estimates by the Report of the California Secretary of State Monday. Of the remaining unprocessed ballots, 184,989 of those ballots were mailed in by voters. California allows election officials a month to complete the count. According to the Secretary of State’s website, voters could be waiting until Dec. 9 for a final call in the 13th District race.
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Colorado predominantly votes by mail, but processing is much faster than California. In 2020, 90 percent of the votes were counted by the Wednesday morning after Election Day, according to The Associated Press. However, mail-in ballots for out-of-state and overseas military service members can still arrive by Wednesday, as long as they were postmarked on Election Day.
Despite relatively faster ballot processing times, Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District is still too close to call, according to projections from The Associated Press.
Incumbent Republican Representative Lauren Boebert, who won his first election in 2020 by six points, was not expected to have such a close race with his Democratic opponent, Adam Frisch, in the “likely Republican seat.” The one-term congresswoman leads by 554 votes with 99% of the votes counted, according to the latest tally from The Associated Press.
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Although the race qualifies for a count under Colorado state law, Frisch yielded to Boebert on November 18. However, The Associated Press has not called the race until Tuesday.
Brandon Gillespie of Fox News contributed to this report.