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Issa, Applegate Count Stretches Into Weekend

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) voted in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act. He speaks to the media on election night at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego, Nov. 8, 2016.
Christopher Maue
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) voted in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act. He speaks to the media on election night at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego, Nov. 8, 2016.

There were still no answers Friday in who will next represent the 49th Congressional District, which straddles San Diego and Orange counties.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, leads Democratic challenger Doug Applegate by 4,524 votes, or just over 2.4 percentage points.

While Issa declared victory earlier this week, Applegate is not yet conceding.

The larger portion of the district is in San Diego County, where Applegate is ahead. Roughly 500,000 votes have not been counted from San Diego County.

There are more than 400,000 votes still to be counted in Orange County, where Issa is leading.

It's not clear how many of those votes come from within the 49th District, but historically it's had a high voter turnout. In the last presidential election in 2012, there were 85,000 more votes than the number counted so far this year. That's even though the campaign was relatively quiet in 2012.

"The professionals who work at the Orange County and San Diego County Registrar of Voters are working around the clock to ensure every vote is counted," said Robert Dempsey, Applegate’s campaign manager, in a statement. "It’s important that we let them do their jobs. There are hundreds of thousands of ballots left to count."

Issa's staff said the congressman believes his declaration of victory will stand.

Retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate speaks to supporters at the Westin Gaslamp Hotel, Nov. 8, 2016.
Nancee Lewis
Retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate speaks to supporters at the Westin Gaslamp Hotel, Nov. 8, 2016.

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