In an e-mail, Bysiewicz spokesman Av Harris says a planned noon press conference on Thursday has been postponed until later Thursday afternoon.
The Connecticut race is far from unique. In Minnesota, the governor’s race between Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer is so close that it may trigger an automatic recount. So far, Mr. Dayton is ahead but not by enough to be declared the winner.
Minnesota voters may well remember the tight Senate race there in 2008, when Democrat Al Franken defeated Republican Norm Coleman by 312 votes. It took eight months to do the recount, settle the litigation, and swear-in Senator Franken.
In 2005, there was also a very close gubernatorial race in Washington State, where Gov. Christine Gregoire defeated Republican Dino Rossi by 129 votes. That race also took eight months to settle. [Editor's note: The original version misstated Mr. Rossi's political affiliation.]
In Ohio this year there are at least two state House races that were so close that they were likely to trigger automatic recounts because the difference between the two candidates is less than 0.5 percent of the vote cast. One race, between Rep. Connie Pillich and Republican Mike Wilson, is separated by just five votes.