With thousands more votes counted the last two days, Democratic Rep. Ami Bera’s lead over Republican Doug Ose was virtually unchanged at 697 votes in the race to represent Sacramento County’s 7th Congressional District.
Bera’s advantage over Ose stands at 89,477 to 88,780, with roughly 11,000 countywide ballots left to count after the latest update Friday afternoon. Ose, a former three-term congressman, picked up 14 votes since the last count. The next vote tally won’t be released until at least Tuesday, county officials said.
The seesaw contest covering the suburbs of Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova and Folsom was the most expensive House race in the nation. On Wednesday, Bera took the lead for the first time since Election Night, surging ahead by 711 votes. Ose’s initial advantage was 3,000 votes, dropping with each successive count.
Ose would be the first California Republican to unseat a Democratic House incumbent in 20 years. A Bera victory would help his state party finish the election cycle with a net gain of one House seat.
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