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Midterm mania (yes, still)


By our count, Democrats currently hold a 232-198 advantage over Republicans in the House, with five undecided races:

-- NM-1 (where GOP Rep. Heather Wilson holds a lead over Democrat Patricia Madrid)
-- NC-8 (where GOP Rep. Robin Hayes holds a lead over Democrat Larry Kissell)
-- OH-2 (where GOP Rep. Jean Schmidt holds a lead over Democrat Victoria Wulsin)
-- OH-15 (where GOP Rep. Deborah Pryce holds a lead over Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy)
-- TX-23 (where GOP Rep. Henry Bonilla is in a runoff against Democrat Ciro Rodriguez)

Even though the AP called a Florida race in favor of Vern Buchanan (R), he and Democrat Christine Jennings (D) are involved in a recount down in Florida.  And a final undecided seat -- the runoff in Louisiana between incumbent Bill Jefferson and challenger Karen Carter -- will stay in Democratic hands since both are Democrats.

After seven House aides who worked for former Rep. Tom DeLay (R) and stayed on to work for his replacement resigned from her staff after only about 24 hours, the replacement, Shelley Sekula-Gibbs (R), is now calling for a probe "to investigate the possibility that her ex-staffers tampered with office computers a day before they left."

"'As public servants, they have harmed the 22nd Congressional District and they have brought shame to this office,' Sekula-Gibbs said in a statement.  'I have a duty to investigate.'"