California’s long count: Races we’re still watching

June 12–It’s been a week since the California primary election, and more than 2 million ballots are still being counted.

The slow process could take several weeks, leaving many candidates and supporters frustrated as they await a final tally. Secretary of State Alex Padilla will certify results by July 13, but the latest results show 13 remaining closely contested races — those in which the margin is less than 2 percentage points.

Two of the most entertaining involve incumbent Republicans.

In Inland Southern California’s 8th Congressional district, Republican Rep. Paul Cook clinched the first of two spots for the general election with 41 percent of the vote. But one Republican and one Democratic challenger are fighting for the second slot, which could carry major implications for Cook. Tim Donnelly, a staunch conservative and former assemblyman who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2014, is currently in second with 23 percent, narrowly ahead of Democrat Marge Doyle at 22 percent. As of Monday afternoon, the two were separated by 983 votes. There are still about 35,000 mail-in and provisional ballots yet to be counted in the Republican-leaning district, based on updated estimates provided by a spokeswoman in San Bernardino County.

Just 712 votes separate the top three contenders in GOP-heavy Assembly District 26 in Tulare County, and thousands of additional ballots have yet to be counted. GOP Assemblyman Devon Mathis, of Visalia, leads with 30 percent, while Democrat Jose Sigala and Republican Warren Gubler trail at 29 percent each.

Mathis, a two-term incumbent who drew the ire of some Republican hardliners last year when he sided with then-Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes to support Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s cap-and-trade deal on climate change, could get closed out if Sigala and Gubler advance to November.

This article provided by NewsEdge.