The List: Five important elections nationwide that are far from over

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Midterm elections wrapped up for most of the country last week, with Democrats taking the House of Representatives and Republicans solidifying their hold on the Senate. However, a handful of races across the country continues to have voters on the edge of their seats. Here are those you should keep an eye on.

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Los Angeles County Sheriff candidate Alex Villanueva now boasts a 22,192-vote lead over incumbent Sheriff Jim McDonnell, according to Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan’s Tuesday ballot-count update. McDonnell remains in danger of becoming the first Los Angeles County sheriff to lose a re-election bid in more than a century. There are close to 700,000 ballots left to count in Los Angeles County.

California 39th Congressional District

Meanwhile, Orange County has also found itself counting ballots as Republican Young Kim and Democrat Gil Cisneros face off to replace incumbent Republican Rep. Ed Royce. Kim could become the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress, but her lead over Cisneros has been narrowing in the days since Nov. 6. According to the latest tally, which includes updated figures from both counties, Kim has 90,473 votes, while Cisneros has 89,634.

California 45th Congressional District

Orange County’s other major uncalled race brought voters a surprise on Tuesday, when Democratic congressional candidate Katie Porter jumped ahead of Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Irvine, when updated vote tallies were released by Orange County election officials. Porter is ahead by just 261 votes, and the number of outstanding ballots is remains unknown.

Florida Senate Race

Florida might seem of little concern to California voters, but the contentious race here could spell the difference between a loose Republican majority in the Senate, and absolute GOP domination. Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott ended election day with Scott ahead by less than a percentage point, triggering an automatic recount. Allegations of voter fraud have plagued the race since the start, meaning that whatever the final result, it could be contested.

Mississippi Senate Race

A Senate race could go to the Democrats, when Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith faces Democrat Mike Espy on Nov. 27 in Mississippi’s runoff election. If Espy can prove pollsters wrong and prevail over Hyde-Smith, Democrats will hold an additional seat in the Senate, and if Nelson prevails in Florida, Dems will hold 49 seats against the GOP’s 51. That means only two centrist Republicans will have to cross the aisle to block the GOP agenda until 2020.

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