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By Collin Breaux | Email: | Twitter: @collin_breaux

Editor’s note: the cited results are as of Monday, March 9. Votes are still being tallied.

Nearly a week after the Primary Election on Tuesday, March 3, Democratic incumbent Mike Levin has a lead over Republican challenger Brian Maryott.

On Monday, March 9, Levin had 55.4% (or 99,724) of district-wide votes, compared to Maryott’s 44.6% (or 80,407) of votes. Maryott is still leading in Orange County with 54.7% (or 23,828) of votes, compared to Levin’s 45.3% ( 19,753) of votes.

Levin still came out ahead in San Diego County, with 58.6% (or 79,971) of votes, compared to Maryott’s 41.4% (or 56,579) of votes.

The 49th Congressional District primary election was a bit closer right after Super Tuesday, with Democratic incumbent Mike Levin getting 52.8% (or 67,434) of district votes as of Wednesday, March 4. Republican challenger Brian Maryott received 47.2% (60,184) of district votes.

The race could essentially be considered a forecast for the general election in November, when the two candidates face off again.

Both candidates were in good spirits the day after Super Tuesday.

“I am deeply grateful for all of our volunteers and staff who worked countless hours to help us #KeepThe49th!” Levin said on his Twitter account. “Since I was sworn in 14 months ago, we’ve made incredible progress by working across the aisle to strengthen veterans’ benefits, protect our environment, and more.”

Levin also said he was optimistic that when all ballots are counted, he’ll be in a “very strong position to carry our bipartisan message into the general election.”

Reached by phone on March 4, Maryott said he was pleased with how Super Tuesday went. Maryott said he did well with independents.

“We’re going to beat Mike,” Maryott said.

As for the presidential primaries, Donald Trump won California in the Republican primary with 91.9% (or over 1.7 million) of votes. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary in California with 33.9% (or over 1.3 million) of votes. 

In Orange County, Sanders received 36.05% (or 80,059) of votes for the Democratic primary, while Trump got 93.72% (or 178,453) of votes. All unofficial presidential primary results were as of the morning of March 4.

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