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All Congressional Races Aren’t Decided Yet


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Viral posts on Facebook falsely claim “we have the results of the senate & house, but not the President,” suggesting it is evidence of fraud. In fact, mail-in ballots for all federal races are still being counted in some states. 


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While some states continued to count mail-in ballots on Nov. 5 — with most attention on the close presidential race — a meme widely shared on Facebook falsely suggested that results were already in for all the Senate and House races in the 2020 election.

The post poses its claim in a question: “Answer me this….how is it that we have the results of the senate & house, but not the President when ALL of them were on same sheet of paper on ballot??” 

But some hotly contested congressional races were still underway two days after Election Day, as both political parties awaited the final alignment of the Senate and House.

For example, in Georgia, it’s not true that “we have the results” in the race between Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. With 97% of the vote counted, Perdue has 50% of the vote, but the candidates could be headed for a runoff election, if neither gets a majority of the vote. 

In Alaska, the race between Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan and independent challenger Al Gross remained too early to call on Nov. 5. More than 114,000 absentee ballots will not be counted until a week after Election Day. 

Dozens of House races remain undecided, too, as the New York Times election results page shows.

The winners of most congressional races had been projected. But votes are still being tabulated across the U.S., and remain unofficial until they are certified.

Editor’s note: FactCheck.org is one of several organizations working with Facebook to debunk misinformation shared on social media. Our previous stories can be found here.

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