The Washington Times - November 24, 2010, 11:46AM

House Republicans picked up two additional seats this week, winning in New York and Texas to give the party a net gain of 63 seats with two races still undecided.

The GOP won in New York when Democratic-incumbent Rep. Dan Maffei conceded to Republican challenger Ann Marie Buerkle in their race for the District 25 seat. They were scheduled to appear in court Wednesday regarding 200 contested ballots, but Mr. Maffei, a first-time incumbent, conceded Tuesday when Ms. Buerkle’s lead exceeded 550 ballots.

In Texas, Democratic incumbent Rep. Solomon Ortiz conceded Tuesday to Republican challenger Blake Farenthold in their race for Texas’s 27th District seat.

The two remaining races are New York’s 1st District and California’s 11th District.

The New York race between GOP challenger Randy Altschuler and four-term incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop remains too close to call. Mr. Altschuler’s challenge of absentee ballots may end up in court.

In California, Democratic incumbent Jerry McNerney has a sizable lead over GOP candidate David Harmer.

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