House Republican gains rise to 62 seats

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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 62.

Another four House races are still outstanding with two New York congressional contests headed to the courts. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) leads by more than 250 votes over Republican Randy Altschuler, but the two are battling over challenged absentee ballots.

Full Story: House Republican gains rise to 62 seats – The Hill’s Ballot Box