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Democrats gain two seats in concessions of undecided races

With the concession of two Republicans on Wednesday, the remaining undecided races for the House of Representatives and for governors nationwide ended with a small boost for Democrats after the walloping the party took in November.

In New York, businessman Randy Altschuler, a Republican, exited what was the final outstanding race in the House, returning the seat to the incumbent Democrat, Rep. Timothy Bishop. Bishop had a 263-vote lead for the district representing the eastern tip of Long Island. Altschuler decided against forcing a hand recount of the ballots.

Meanwhile, a Democrat will become governor of Minnesota for the first time in nearly two decades. Democrat Mark Dayton had a 9,000-vote lead over Republican opponent Tom Emmer. Emmer, a three-term state legislator, wasn't able to close the gap through a recount.

The Alaska Senate race remains the only unresolved national campaign, an unlikely situation that pits a Republican against a Republican. Lawyers for "tea party"-backed Joe Miller were in court Wednesday seeking to toss out more than 8,100 votes that incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski received in the write-in campaign launched after she lost the party primary.

Democrats gain two seats in concessions of undecided races 12/08/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:39pm]
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