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.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.