"The Republican Party is congratulating Brian Bilbray on his victory in California's special congressional election.Calipendence also sent through the following results and notes that Bilbray won by only 3.87 points. (apologies for the colours)
With most of the vote counted, Bilbray led Democrat Francine Busby by about 5 points -- 49.5-45 percent, according to Wednesday morning press reports."
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE 50TH DISTRICT - (RUN-OFF)
BRIAN BILBRAY - REP (60319 votes) - 49.33%
FRANCINE BUSBY - DEM (55587 votes) - 45.46%
W. GRIFFITH - IND (4492 votes) - 3.67%
PAUL KING - LIB (1875 votes) - 1.53%
I don't know exactly where/when calipendence got those numbers from (I presume they came from the sdvote.org site that he linked to). The same site now gives Bilbray a 4.25% lead. In both cases apparently 100% of precincts were fully counted.
BRIAN BILBRAY - REP
FRANCINE BUSBY - DEM
W. GRIFFITH - IND
PAUL KING - LIB
The second set of numbers has an extra 8000 votes - perhaps they have been adding postal and/or absentee votes or something. Regardless - it certainly wasn't a 5 point win.