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43,000 Vote-by-Mail Ballots Yet to be Counted in Ventura County

One of the hottest races in the country is in Ventura County for the 26 th Congressional District seat.

Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley is running against Republican challenger Jeff Gorell.

As it stands Wednesday night, Brownley and Gorell are only separated by a few hundred votes.

The Ventura County Clerk and Recorder Office tells us that of Wednesday morning, they still had 43,000 vote by-mail ballots and 9,500 provisional ballots to process.

Brownley and Gorell are both optimistic about the possible outcome.

“We knew it was going to be close from the very beginning and to come out ahead on election night, and I feel like that momentum is just going to continue as they count the votes and go through the process,” said Brownley.

“I feel great. We have so many great volunteers here. A lot of enthusiasm, we are seeing national trends that are very positive for Republicans,” said Gorell.

With the race between Brownley and Gorell being so close, the remaining 43,000 ballots yet to be counted could be a game-changer.

Observers are keeping a close eye on the ballots as signatures and votes are checked. It could be days or even weeks before a winner is declared. The Ventura County Clerk and Recorder Office tells NewsChannel 3 updated voting results will be released on Friday.

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