California Reps. Jim Costa and Jerry McNerney extended their leads last night after a handful of counties released updated vote counts. Both Democrats declared victory last week, but neither of their Republican challengers conceded, as thousands of provisional and absentee ballots remained uncounted.
In the 20th district, Costa now leads Republican Andy Vidak by 1,428 votes, up from 1,107 votes heading into Monday. Fresno and Kern counties are the only two of the district’s three counties still counting votes, and Costa holds sizable leads in both.
In the 11th district, McNerney’s lead went up slightly to 1,801 votes. He had led by 1,751 before Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties reported new vote tallies. The largest of the district’s four counties, San Joaquin, likely won’t release a final count update until just before Thanksgiving, even with counting being conducted seven days a week.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.