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Eight-term GOP congresswoman Bono Mack trailing Raul Ruiz

Emergency room physician Raul Ruiz, left, is running against Republican incumbent Mary Bono-Mack, right, in a Coachella Valley district.
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Emergency room physician Raul Ruiz is leading Republican incumbent Mary Bono-Mack.

Mary Bono Mack is down by more than 4,000 votes to Democratic challenger Raul Ruiz in CA-36, but she hasn’t conceded yet.

That’s because the Riverside Registrar says there are nearly 200,000 vote-by-mail, provisional, and damaged ballots that still have to be reviewed.

Bono Mack has served in Congress since 1998, when she took over for her husband Sonny Bono, who died in a skiing accident.

Bono Mack’s seat was once considered safe for Republicans. However, this time it was Democrats who had slightly more registered voters in the newly redrawn district, which encompasses the entire Coachella Valley, the Banning pass and eastern Riverside County.

The race, which at times turned nasty, drew national attention and money.

Ruiz  is the son of migrant workers, and is a Harvard-educated ER doctor.

Bono Mack’s husband, Connie Mack, lost his election bid last night. He was running for U.S. Senate in Florida.

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