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Raul Ruiz widens lead over Mary Bono Mack

7:35 PM, Nov 8, 2012

RIVERSIDE — Dr. Raul Ruiz widened his lead in the race against Rep. Mary Bono Mack when the Riverside County Registrar of Voters updated its vote tallies Thursday evening.

Ruiz added 122 votes over Bono Mack and now leads the incumbent by 4,679 votes, or 2.82 percentage points, in his campaign for the 36th Congressional District seat.

In the Cathedral City mayoral race, challenger Chip Yarborough maintained his lead over incumbent Mayor Kathy DeRosa. He now leads by 185 votes.

The update released late Thursday added 18,858 ballots across Riverside County, or 2.3 percent of the total vote. It was vote-by-mail ballots that arrived at the Riverside office Tuesday morning and had not yet been counted.

None of the Coachella Valley races changed significantly.

The Riverside County Registrar of Voters still has about 164,000 votes left to count. That’s 24 percent of the entire vote.

The uncounted ballots are 86,000 vote-by-mail votes, 60,000 provisional and 18,000 damaged.

The next updated results will be posted at 6 p.m. Friday, and that should be a “larger amount” of vote-by-mail ballots, Registrar Kari Verjil told The Desert Sun.

She could not specify how many.

Bono Mack has told The Desert Sun that she thinks Ruiz will continue his trend of winning, but said Wednesday it is too early to concede.

A Bono Mack spokesman did not respond to emails Thursday.

Riverside County was the last of 58 counties in the state to report its results, but like all other counties still has provisional and mail-in ballots to count.

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