Darrell Issa said Wednesday in a fundraising appeal that he is mounting an effort to challenge the legality of some ballots still being counted in his tight reelection race in the 49th District.
Issa, an eight-term incumbent who leads Democrat Doug Applegate by just under 2 percentage points, said he expects that lead to shrink and that "I won, but now the liberals are trying to steal the election."
Last week, Issa said he was confident his now 4,000-plus vote lead would hold. But in Tuesday's fundraising appeal, he said the vote could come down to absentee and provisional ballots, and his lead could shrink to within 1 point. Then, he said, "Democrats will attempt to force the Registrars to allow thousands of illegal, unregistered voters to influence the election,” Issa wrote.