Doug Ose now leads by only 530 votes.
By The American Bazaar Staff
WASHINGTON, DC: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Ami Bera inched closer to his rival Republican Doug Ose’s lead in the face-off to represent Sacramento’s 7th congressional District. Ose now leads by only 530 votes as ballots continue to be tallied.
Ose, who finished election night with a 3,011-vote advantage over the freshman lawmaker, has seen his lead contract again nearly a week after polls closed Tuesday. The margin stood at about 2,000 votes since the last counting Thursday, when nearly 80,000 ballots were left across the county, reported the Sacramento Bee.
In raw numbers, Ose now leads with 76,133 votes to Bera’s 75,603, according to the latest tally posted on Sacramento County’s website. Elections officials now estimate that 33,000 countywide ballots remain uncounted.
Bera, a physician by training and former county health official, has been generally upbeat about his prospects of retaining the swing seat that stretches across his hometown of Elk Grove to Rancho Cordova and Folsom. Bera has repeatedly noted that in his 2012 rematch with GOP then-Rep. Dan Lungren it took nine days to determine the challenger won by about 9,200 votes, the Bee reported.
“Once all the counting is done, I’m confident I will be representing Sacramento County in the 114th Congress,” Bera said Monday.
Ose, who served three terms in Congress until 2005, when he stepped down because of self-imposed term limits, is seeking to become the first California GOP candidate to unseat a Democratic House member in two decades.
“Doug Ose still maintains his lead in the race for California’s 7th Congressional District,” his campaign said in a statement after the vote was updated. “This has been a close race from the beginning, and we have full faith in the Sacramento County registrar to ensure that every legal vote is accounted for.”
CBS reported that the next vote count is expected on Wednesday. More than 5,000 under votes were included in the count, meaning those people did not cast a vote in the race or the vote was rejected.