The nail biter of a race has transfixed political watchers as new tallies continue to trickle in weeks after Golden State voters went to the polls June 3. And in recent days talk has turned to the possibility of one of the candidates seeking a recount once election officials post the final results in mid July.
Under California’s open primary system, the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election in November.
Based on the latest returns, posted at 10:40 a.m. this morning (Wednesday, June 25), Betty Yee, a Democrat who represents the Bay Area and northern California on the state Board of Equalization, has an 857-vote lead for second place. Her total vote count now stands at 877,220.
Stuck in third, where he has remained since last Thursday after holding on to the second place position for several days last week, is gay Assemblyman John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles). His vote count now stands at 876,363.
The winner of the Primary contest continues to be Republican Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, whose top place finish is holding steady with a total vote count now of 1,000,579.
In fourth is Republican candidate David Evans, who had briefly held the second place slot on Election Night. His vote count now stands at 848,809.
Perez, the first out LGBT person elected to the powerful Assembly speaker post, which he resigned from last month, is holding out hope that he will advance to the fall election and be the first out candidate to win a statewide seat in California.
Yee, meanwhile, is gearing up for this Sunday’s LGBT Pride parade in San Francisco, in which she plans to march.
County election officials have until Friday, July 4 to send their final vote counts to the Secretary of State’s Office. The state agency must complete its review of the counties’ Primary results by the following Friday, July 11.