With 100% of precincts reporting, Dr Raul Ruiz (D) bested incumbent Rep Mary Bono Mack (R) last night, flipping a seat to the Democrats.
Ruiz won 51.4% of the vote to Bono Mack's 48.6%.
In raw voting, Ruiz won 83,402 to Bono Mack 78,845.
Ruiz will be the first native Coachella Valley Representative in decades, and he will be the first resident in years as Bono Mack lived mostly in Washington, DC and Florida with Connie. Now both are retired to Mack ville.
Ruiz is a physician at Eisenhower Medical Center, and progressive. Definitely an upgrade. Bono Mack alienated local gays by refusing to support marriage equality or to meet with them (us). She also alienated all the tribes with her false, racist attacks against Ruiz, even the normally Republican Agua Calientes. She finally alienated local Latinos by agreeing in email that the down valley Coachella was a 'Third World Toilet.'
Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 4:41 AM PT: Bono Mack, classy to the end, declines to concede. Nevertheless, Ruiz continues to lead in the count, 51.4% to 48.6%.
Ruiz now has 85,419 votes to Bono Mack's 80,740 votes.
Riverside County's website shows that the voter registrar office has 86,000 vot-by-mail, 60,000 provisional, and 18,000 damaged ballots left to count. Of course, not all those ballots are in the CA-36.
Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 6:04 AM PT: Riverside County has an 164,000 additional votes to count. The next update is planned for 6:00 pm tonight, according to The Desert Sun online edition.
Bono Mack expects Ruiz to maintain his lead but refuses to concede.