No surprises in local races after final votes counted

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comJune 12, 2014 

Staff Sgt. Alex Rosario has overseen elections overseas, but Tuesday, June 3, 2014, was the first time he cast a ballot in the U.S. He drops off his vote-by-mail ballot at Precinct 525 in San Luis Obispo as Johanna Cresmer, lead precinct inspector, looks on.

DAVID MIDDLECAMP — dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Some victories widened marginally after the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office announced the final election tallies, but the primary outcomes remain the same for countywide offices.

The final tallies are unofficial until they are certified, which must occur within 30 days of the election.

Two countywide races — the 4th District supervisor’s race and the clerk-recorder’s race — will continue in the fall. In both races, no candidate received 50 percent or more of the vote, leading to a run-off.

In the 4th District supervisor race, Lynn Compton finished with 47.3 percent of the vote compared to Caren Ray’s 41.7 percent. Mike Byrd wound up with 10.8 percent.

Meanwhile, Tommy Gong and Amanda King will face off in the fall for the clerk-recorder contest.

Gong received 45.8 percent of the vote, compared to King’s 43.2 percent. Ann Danko had 10.8 percent.

Bruce Gibson, the incumbent for the 2nd District supervisor race, won 66 percent of the vote, winning outright against Muril Clift, who had 33.6 percent.

The race for county district attorney widened slightly. Dan Dow finished with 53.8 percent of the vote, compared to Tim Covello’s 43.7 percent.

In the 35th District state Assembly race, Republican Katcho Achadjian and Democrat Heidi Harmon will face each other again in the fall. Achadjian won 64.9 percent of the vote compared to Harmon’s 34.9 percent. Each was the only candidate for their party.

The race to determine which Republican will face incumbent Democrat Lois Capps in the 24th U.S. congressional district is still too tight to call.

While Capps won 43.8 percent of the vote, as of Wednesday, her two potential challengers remained just 612 votes apart. Chris Mitchum had 20,825 votes (15.8 percent), compared to Justin Fareed’s 20,213 (15.4 percent).

According to the California Secretary of State’s Office, not all votes have been counted in that race.

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