Rep. Mary Bono Mack has all but conceded her heated race for a congressional seat, telling The Desert Sun she thinks Dr. Raul Ruiz will win.
“Historically speaking, he will win,” the Republican incumbent told The Desert Sun’s Erica Felci. “I suppose it’s too early to say, but historically, the trends would say the numbers will continue to go the way they’re going.”
Ruiz took a slim lead (50.37% with 57,202 votes) over Bono Mack (49.63% with 56,327 votes) in the latest tally from the Riverside County Registrar of Voters. That is about 39.7 percent of votes counted.
Bono Mack said around 12:30 a.m. that she wasn’t sure if she was staying up to watch any more tallies.
“The results of the country were not what I wanted,” she told The Desert Sun.
It was far too early to tell if they would call for a recount, Bono Mack and her aides said. Any such recount would have to be called after the final results are in.
Bono Mack said she would not be making any calls to Ruiz tonight, but would reassess her next steps “tomorrow, under the light of day.”
“I think Dr. Ruiz ran a spirited, good campaign.”
Bono Mack is running for her eighth full term.