Absentee ballots swinging in Spearman’s favor

Update: The most recent vote tally, which came in this afternoon, has Spearman at 50.5 percent.

spearman21.jpgLast week, it looked like Alice Spearman and Doris Limbrick were headed into a runoff. Spearman had a double-digit lead over Limbrick in the three-way race, but in the initial count, she fell short of the 50 percent she needed to win outright.

Well, the news has gone and changed again! As of this morning, anyway, Spearman had won enough votes to land the Elmhurst-East Oakland seat. But they’re still counting.

Guy Ashley, from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office, tells me that most of the provisional votes and any remaining absentees would be added to the tally around 4 p.m. today. You can check for updates here

Here is the tally, as of earlier this week:

Spearman – 2,742 votes, 50.59%

Limbrick – 1,749 votes, 32.27%

Beverly Williams – 890 votes, 16.42%

Now, unless Limbrick concedes, the results won’t be certified until July. But Spearman sounded pretty confident this morning, as she did on election night, that she had it wrapped up.

“I had good opposition, but they weren’t strong enough to do what they thought they were going to do,” she said. “Like I said, folks have confidence in me, so I’m not going to let them down.”

Note: An earlier headline on this blog post referred to the new votes as provisional, but those votes were absentee ballots turned in on election day.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.