Raul Ruiz campaign: ‘We will maintain our lead’

While Rep. Mary Bono Mack’s campaign maintains its silence, aides to Democratic challenger Raul Ruiz are reassuring their supporters that they were victorious.

“We are confident that when the remaining vote-by-mail and provisional ballots are counted we will maintain our lead and win this election,” campaign manager Kyle Layman said in a statement to supporters late Thursday.

“Tonight, almost 4,000 additional ballots were counted, and our lead expanded by 122 votes.”

Ruiz had trailed Bono Mack, a Palm Springs Republican, in initial returns Tuesday night. But with each new round of results, Ruiz has gained momentum.

The latest tally for the 36th Congressional race, released Thursday evening, shows the Palm Desert physician has a 4,679-vote lead over the incumbent.

The Riverside County registrar is expected to release more results this evening.

“Our campaign will keep you updated as we receive more information,” Layman told supporters in the email. ”Thank you for making this victory possible.”