Rep. Ken Calvert issues statement on early election returns
CORONA – Republican Rep. Ken Calvert, a 30-year veteran in Congress, isn’t willing to concede the 41st Congressional District seat to his Democratic opponent Will Rollins — not yet anyway.
As of about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Will Rollins had nabbed 43,584 votes, or about 56% of the vote, while Calvert had garnered 33,960, or about 44% of the vote.
During redistricting, much of the valley was folded into California’s new 41st District, which stretches to La Quinta in the east and the Inland Empire cities of Corona and Menifee in the west.
Calvert on Wednesday, Nov. 9, issued the following statement regarding the early election returns in the 41st Congressional District:
“This race is far from over. Only 77,554 votes have been counted. Our campaign estimates at least 120,000 ballots remain to be counted in the 41st District – including additional in-person votes cast yesterday. That means less than 40% of the anticipated votes have been counted so far.
We know from recent elections and vote-by-mail return data that the early results disproportionately favor Democrats. In contrast, the in-person and late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots, including those handed in on Election Day, disproportionately favor Republicans. Again, there are 120,000 of those ballots remaining to be counted.
After all the votes are counted, we will prevail,” Calvert concluded.
Election Night vote counting is complete, but results are not final. Approximately 325,000 Vote-by-Mail and 10,000 Provisional ballots still must be processed. Work on those begins this morning, Wednesday, Nov. 9. Ballots that are postmarked on or before Election Day also remain to be counted. The next updated results will be posted at 6 p.m. today, Nov. 9.
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