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Costa vs. Vidak: Winner is Weeks Away

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Fresno - We may not know until the end of the month, who will represent the 20th Congressional District in Capitol Hill.

The race between three-term democrat Jim Costa and Hanford farmer Andy Vidak - still too close to call.

Tens of thousands of votes still need to be counted.

The holdup - Fresno and Kern counties have yet to tally more than 100,000 absentee and provisional ballots.

Those yet-to-be counted votes could change the lead, potentially pushing Jim Costa ahead.

The elections offices have 28 days to produce the final results.

At the latest count. the political newcomer had a slim lead over the three-term congressman; less than 2,000 votes separate the two.

In Fresno county, about 40,000 absentee ballots still need to be counted.

In Kern county, more than 58,000 absentee ballots, and 7,000 provisional ballots have yet to be tallied.

And in Kings county, they've only got about 500 provisional ballots left to count.

The day after the election, Congressman Costa visited with the Fresno County clerk to see for himself where the vote stands.

And he left in good spirits.

"You know, it looks good, we'll have to wait and see," said Costa.

Costa, who's trying to hold on to his seat for a fourth term, was the clear winner in both Fresno and Kern counties, capturing more than 60% of the vote in each.

The absentee ballots in those counties could give Costa the lead.

Vidak claimed victory in his hometown of Kings county with more than 70% of the vote.

On election night, his supporters were congratulating him.

"Hopefully I'm the new congressman of the 20th district, I'm going to get those pumps turned on, and get people back to work," said Vidak on election night.

But neither candidate is ready to claim victory just yet.

Meanwhile, the current congressman says, he's not putting his life on hold.

"I'm going to work, that's what I'm going to do, got to help the people of our Valley, bring more water, and do other aspects of my job that are critical to being an effective representative," said Costa.

We should have an update on this race by the end of the week, but we still won't know the final results until the end of the month.

 

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