WASHINGTON (AP) -- The last undecided House race has been called for the incumbent Democrat, bringing an unofficial close to the 2012 campaign more than three weeks after Election Day.<br />
North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre will return to Congress in 2013 after barely surviving a challenge from David Rouzer. The Republican conceded to McIntyre on Wednesday night after a recount showed the Democrat maintaining a small lead.<br />
With McIntyre's race decided, only two House seats in next year's Congress remain up for grabs. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., an Illinois Democrat, won re-election but resigned last week, citing ongoing health issues and acknowledging he's the subject of a federal investigation. Special primary elections to nominate candidates to replace him will be held in February.<br />
And in Louisiana, which held its primary election for Congress on Nov. 6, there will be a run-off between two Republicans next month for the other seat.<br />
House Republicans will stay in the majority, although their ranks will drop from 240 this Congress to 234 next year. Two hundred Democratic members will make up the minority in the House, up from 190 Democrats this year. There are currently five vacancies in the House.<br />
In the Senate, 53 Democrats will make up the majority. Two independents will caucus with them, including newly elected Angus King from Maine, for an effective total of 55. Republicans, who currently number 47 in the Senate, will have just 45 senators in 2013.<br />
Women will make up 1 in 5 senators, setting a new record.<br />
President Barack Obama won 27 states and the District of Columbia for a total of 332 electoral votes. Republican Mitt Romney won 24 states and 206 electoral votes. As results stand now, Obama's share of the national total is 50.9 percent, whiles Romney's is 47.4 percent, and others account for 1.7 percent of the total vote.<br />
Several states, including New York, California, Arizona and Washington, are still counting votes, but the remaining votes won't alter the outcome of the election.<br />
Nearly a year after a stroke left him barely able to move the left side of his body, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is expected to climb the 45 steps to the Senate's front door this week - a walk that's significant not just for Illinois' junior senator, but also for medical researchers and hundreds of thousands of stroke patients.
Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
The stretch of rural Oregon interstate where a tour bus crashed through a guardrail and plummeted 100 feet down a steep embankment is so notorious that state transportation officials have published a specific advisory warning of its dangers.
Deep inside caves, in remote desert bases, in the escarpments and cliff faces of northern Mali, Islamic fighters are burrowing into the earth, erecting a formidable set of defenses to protect what has essentially become al-Qaida's new country.
Retail gas prices climb as 2012 comes to end. While gas prices are likely to rise into next year, whether or not a deal is made to avoid the fiscal cliff will determine if prices continue on an upward trend.
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