CARMICHAEL, CA - Dr. Ami Bera’s lead over Scott Jones in the race for California’s 7th Congressional District grew Wednesday to 4,802 votes following an update from the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters.
Bera now leads his opponent Scott Jones by more than 2 percent, 119,448 votes to 114,646.
Of the 58,166 ballots tallied Wednesday, 31,287 were from California’s 7th Congressional District. Excluding over-votes and undervotes, 53.82% of the ballots in this latest update went for Bera compared to just 46.18% for Jones.
"As our lead continues to grow, we’re in the strongest position we’ve ever been in. The reason these late ballots are coming in our favor is because of the incredible grassroots effort by our volunteers to get out the vote. The most important thing is for the Registrar of Voters and her hard-working team to continue to do their jobs and count every vote," said Rep. Ami Bera.
In 2012, Bera led Republican Dan Lungren by 184 votes the morning after election day, and his lead eventually grew to 9,191 votes. In 2014, Bera was down by more than 3,000 votes on election night, and he came back to win by 1,455 votes.
The next update from the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters will be Friday, Nov. 18 at 3:00 p.m.