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Argument Over Ballots Leaves State Senate Race Undecided

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Aired 7/7/10

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters has certified last month's primary election results. But one local race remains undecided.

— The San Diego County Registrar of Voters has certified last month's primary election results. But one local race remains undecided.

The Democratic primary in the 40th State Senate District is very tight, with just 12 votes separating leader Juan Vargas from second place finisher Mary Salas. And a ballot dispute has left the contest up in the air.

The 40th District spans three counties. In Riverside County, the Democratic Party has sued to have more than 12,000 mail-in ballots counted, even though they arrived at the Registrar's office too late. The plaintiff claims these ballots were mailed on time, but a bureaucratic snafu prevented them from being delivered on time.

Barry Klein is Mary Salas's campaign manager. "We believe all votes should be counted and that when all votes are counted Mary Salas will be victorious in the race," he said.

A district court judge will hear the case of the disputed ballots on Friday. The 40th District is heavily Democratic, and that party's nominee is expected to win the general election.

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