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2010: Murkowski's the apparent winner

ALASKA: NBC News declared Lisa Murkowski the “apparent winner” in the race for U.S. Senate yesterday. She’s the first person to win a write-in campaign to the U.S. Senate since Strom Thurmond did it in 1954.

AP: “History, the GOP, the tea party, Sarah Palin and her own mouthful of a name worked against her. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski conquered them all Wednesday, becoming the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign.”

CALIFORNIA: CA-11: “Both 11th District Congressional candidates in the Nov. 2 General Election [Jerry McNerny and David Harmer] are still in Washington, D.C. even as the voter registrars in the four counties the district covers continue counting ballots,” the Pleasanton Weekly writes.

CA-20: “Congressman Jim Costa, D-Fresno, added 992 votes to his lead over challenger Andy Vidak of Hanford as votes from Fresno County were announced Wednesday,” the Bakersfield Californian writes. “Costa's new lead stood at 2,422, outstripping the 1,823-vote lead Vidak held on election night more than two weeks ago.”

MINNESOTA: At yesterday’s press conference at the Republican Governors Association meeting, outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty listed the gubernatorial contests in blue states that “stayed blue” in 2010 -- California, Connecticut, Illinois, Vermont and … Pawlenty’s home state of Minnesota. When asked if that meant he was personally conceding Minnesota’s race to Mark Dayton (D), even though there will be a recount, T-Paw clarified his remarks, saying that Dayton held a “putative” 9,000-vote lead over Tom Emmer (R). “It would be premature,” he added, to say that the Minnesota race is over.

NEW YORK: NY-1: “Randy Altschuler's lead in the 1st Congressional District race narrowed to 275 votes after the second day of counting absentee ballots at the Suffolk County Board of Elections,” Riverhead Local reports. “Rep. Tim Bishop has had a net gain of 108 votes in the absentee ballot tally so far, which has been completed for 93 of the 460 election districts of the 1st Congressional District,”

NY-25: Yesterday, “a judge counted ballots from Monroe County that were previously challenged by representatives for incumbent Democrat Dan Maffei and Republican challenger Ann Marie Buerkle,” the Auburn Citizen writes. “Once those ballots were counted, Buerkle netted 154 votes, while Maffei gained 59. The additional votes increased Buerkle's lead by 95 votes.”

TEXAS: TX-27: “Cameron County will be the last of the district’s six counties to initiate the congressional election recount, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday,” the Corpus Christi Caller writes. “Friday is the last day the counties are allowed to begin recounting votes, said Randall Dillard, Texas Secretary of State’s Office spokesman.”