GOP's U. S. House Gain Hits 63 Seats
Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei conceded to Republican Ann Marie Buerkle Tuesday, forgoing a recount in a New York race that had already stretched on for weeks past Election Day. With Buerkle leading by 567 votes in the race for New York’s 25th District seat, Maffei conceded. The two campaigns were due in court on Wednesday to learn the fate of more than 200 challenged ballots — an amount that would have done little to change the outcome of the contest.
Meanwhile Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas) conceded defeat to Republican challenger Blake Farenthold late Monday after the recount he requested barely made a dent in the Republican's election night lead. Farenthold's final margin of victory stood at 648 votes.
Farenthold's victory completes one of 2010's biggest upsets on the House side and brings the number of GOP House gains this year to 63.
Three contested House races remain to be decided.