SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Incumbent Rep. Ami Bera is now leading Doug Ose by 711 votes in Seventh Congressional District race in the latest count.

The Democrat had been trailing since late on Election Day when the results were coming in, trailing by more than 2,000 votes as of last Friday. The race drew closer after Monday’s count with Ose only leading by 530 votes.

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The race has drawn nationwide attention and plenty of money from out-of-state donors to make it one of the most expensive seats up for grabs this election year.

Both sides have been challenging votes in an increasingly heated contest as every vote matters.

Thousands more ballots have yet to be counted between now and the deadline at the beginning of December.

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Bera released the following statement:

“On Election Day, I said that I was confident we’d win this election and I’m encouraged by the numbers released today. We need to let the Registrar continue to count the remaining ballots, and we’re excited to see what the final margin will be.”

The Ose campaign released the following response:

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“The race for California’s 7th Congressional District has been close from day one. There are thousands of ballots yet to be counted and we want to ensure every legal vote is accounted for.”