A day after the election, there is still no clear winner for the District 7 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Both republican incumbent Dan Lungren and democratic challenger Ami Bera are watching returns closely.
“If anyone ever says your vote doesn’t count, you vote absolutely does count and this election is testimony to that,” Bera told FOX40.
The county elections office still has 193,000 provisional and vote by mail ballots to count, which could take weeks.
“We don’t change because 10 or 15 people are standing behind our backs and cheering us on,” said Brad Buyse, of the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Office. “What we do is we have to painstakingly research the vote by mail and the provisional ballots to make sure they are authentic votes.”
Lungren says the remaining votes could be a game changer.
“You have the question of, if it continues to be a very close race, whether there’s a recount. I’d rather have these things done right away,” said Lungren. “But the reality is it’s going to take some time.”
Ironically, Lungren is the head of the congressional committee that welcomes new members. Because this is such a close race, Lungren will meet Bera in Washington.
Chris Biele contributed to this report.