Several California races still too close to call
Election-night tallies in several congressional and legislative races left open the possibility the outcomes could change when provisional and remaining absentee ballots are counted.
The California secretary of state's office listed seven such battles on its website.
Among the most closely watched were the fights between Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) and Democrat Ami Bera, who had a lead Wednesday morning in the District 7 race of fewer than 200 votes.
Another was the contest between Rep. Brian P. Bilbrae (R-Carlsbad) and environmental attorney Scott Peters of San Diego. Peters had a lead of about 600 votes Wednesday morning.
Both national parties and outside groups spent heavily on those races.
Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom was holding onto a slender lead of fewer than 200 votes over incumbent Betsy Butler in the 50th Assembly District on the Westside of L.A. Both are Democrats.
In a potential surprise upset, Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton) was trailing challenger Sharon Quirk-Silva, the mayor of Fullerton and a Democrat, by a little more than 1,000 votes.
— Jean Merl and Jessica Garrison
Photo: Ami Bera with supporters Tuesday night in Carmichael, Calif. Credit: Manny Crisostomo / Sacramento Bee.