Though the major media networks projected Rep. David Valadao (R-Bakersfield) as the winner soon after the election ended, California’s marathon post-election counting process may be producing another upset. Since all of the post-counting has favored the Democrats’ in the Golden State, and the 21st District is no exception, the final result may revolve around just how many of the provisional ballots will actually qualify to be counted.
Currently, Mr. Valadao’s margin has dropped to 930 votes from 103,232 counted ballots with an undetermined number of provisional ballots to potentially add. Since the provisionals are reported by county and the 21st District is comprised of parts of four counties, it is difficult to say just how many votes remain for this particular contest. Though the outcome still favors Rep. Valadao, the provisional ballots could become a political wild card.
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