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Wilson’s lead narrows to 135 votes: Could it flip?

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, June 9th, 2008 at 12:39 pm in 2008 June primary, California Legislature, Contra Costa County.

UPDATE 6/10/08: As of 7 a.m., Abram’s lead dropped by one more vote to 134 on the Secretary of State’s web page. But one of my readers added up the totals on each of the four counties in Assembly District 15 and found that Abram had a bigger lead. Hmm. I’ll have to check that out. Lisa

As of 10 a.m., San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson’s lead over Livermore retired businessman Robert Rao in the sharply contested Assembly District 15 GOP primary race had narrowed to 135 votes. (Wilson is pictured to the right, Rao on bottom right.)

On Friday, it was about 450 votes.

Click here to read the latest results on the Secretary of State’s web site.

Could Rao win this thing?

It’s happened elsewhere. Close races can flip in the final days as the clerks add the provisional and mail-in ballots to the tally, although the 450-vote gap was viewed by almost everyone as too large for Rao to overcome.

Rao has closed his campaign office and Wilson is planning his general election strategy against Democratic nominee Joan Buchanan.

But if the numbers remain really close or they flip, either Rao or Wilson could ask for a recount although it’s not free. The candidate has to pay for the cost.

We won’t know the final outcome for a few days yet. All four counties in this district still have provisional and mail-in ballots to count although the stacks are dwindling. The counties have 30 days to issue their final election results.

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  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    I confess, I was a bit confused myself at the “Abram burying Jerry” comment, other than perhaps the Republicans hope that Abram will help turn out GOP voters for both CD11 and AD15.

  • Troublemaker

    Yes Lisa, aside from my “typo”, I think it will be a good turn out by both sides for all of the right reasons. We have some good match ups going into November.

    IMHO this won’t be the first or last mistake posted on a political site. With the political minds here, I am surprised if any one was truly confused.

    Thanks for the great coverage.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Believe me, I know typos. I know them all too well. The mind is thinking the right thing but the fingers are typing the wrong thing.