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Recall returns so far give a slight percentage edge to Democrats in Santa Barbara County

The recall election cost Santa Barbara County $2.8-million.  The money will be reimbursed by the state.
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The recall election cost Santa Barbara County $2.8-million. The money will be reimbursed by the state.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The breakdown of voters who have received their ballots and turned them in so far in Santa Barbara County shows Democrats with a slight lead over Republicans by percentage and a larger number in actual ballots in the hands of election officials.

Ballots collected by earlier this week have the Democrats with a 33 percent turnout.

So far, 39,237 are in from the 117,424 that were sent out.

The Republicans have returned 19,229 of 61,862 sent out for a 31 percent return of the ballots.

Countywide the return is about 30 percent.

Santa Maria is the largest city in the county but Santa Barbara has the highest returns so far with 19,878 compared to Santa Maria's 8,561.

Watch tonight on Newschannel 3-12, KKFX Fox 11.

(More details, photos and video will be added here later today)

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