Additional ballots counted in Cambria’s two general election races failed to alter the order of finish as of Tuesday night, according to updated figures from the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office.
Not only did the order of finish remain unchanged, but the percentages for each candidate remained largely consistent with vote counts reported the previous week.
New counts added 777 votes in the Cambria Community Services District race, but there was no significant change in the results.
Incumbents Jim Bahringer and Michael Thompson each were still polling 29 percent of the vote in the Cambria Community Services District race, with challengers Jeff Hellman and Rick Hawley staying at about 20 percent apiece.
Write-ins accounted for 1.56 percent, up slightly.
In the Coast Unified School Board race, incumbent Del Clegg continued to hold a commanding lead with 44 percent of the vote (down from 45 percent in the initial count).
Lesli Murdoch of Cambria widened her lead slightly over Michael Foster of Cayucos in the area’s closest race, for the second seat on the school board. Murdoch, who led Foster by 95 votes in the initial count, boosted the gap to 123 votes in the updated tally.
Murdoch had 28 percent of the vote to Foster’s 25.8 percent.
State law allows county election officials until Dec. 2 to certify final election results to the secretary of state, who will compile and report all results statewide by Dec. 12.
The Clerk-Recorder’s Office hopes to have all remaining absentee and vote-by-mail ballots counted before the Thanksgiving holiday.