CA15: Bussell’s lead over Corbett has been halved

Republican Hugh Bussell’s narrow lead over state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett in the 15th Congressional District was halved by an election-results update posted Wednesday afternoon by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

Bussell, of Livermore, and Corbett, D-San Leandro, are vying to finish second in the race; whoever prevails will face Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, in November’s general election. Swalwell finished first with 49.1 percent of the vote in last Tuesday’s primary.

Since the previous update on Saturday, Bussell had led Corbett by 721 votes, or about 1 percent of all votes cast. But after the update at 4 p.m. Wednesday, his lead is now 323 votes, or about four-tenths of a percent.

However, this might be as close as Corbett gets.

This now Alameda County’s “unofficial final” result, spokesman Guy Ashley said Wednesday afternoon – all ballots have now been scanned, and the county is now starting its one-percent manual tally to audit its results, as required by law.

The district also includes a slice of Contra Costa County, where registrar Joe Canciamilla won’t update his online results until Friday; as of Monday, his county had about 6,000 provisional ballots and about 4,000 exception ballots – damaged or otherwise questionable – left to count.

But Bussell has led Corbett in Contra Costa County all along, so it’s unlikely that further results there will help her.

Corbett could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Marga

    any info as to whether santa clara county is done counting as well?

  • Guest

    In addition to Ellen Corbett likely failing to make run-off, it looks like State Controller candidate John Perez may share the same fate too. Last time I checked BettyYee pulled ahead which forced Perez into third place- which out-of-the money in the new top two system Perez, of course, has been longtime Assembly leader. So in addition to Senate Majority leader Corbett getting trounced in a run for Congress, the Assembly Speaker Perez also may not make the run-off in his race either. Corbett’s loss to Swalwell was expected, but I don’t think many expected Yee – an appointed member of the State Board of Equalization – to beat Perez, who has been a powerhouse in Sacramento for some time.

  • Marga

    I’m actually surprised that John Perez did as well. He forewent the most useful and important arsenal in the hands of any candidate: the ballot statement. I imagine that, instead, he relied on heavy TV and radio ads, but there are many people – like me – who don’t listen to the radio or watch TV with ads and who use the ballot statements as their primary voting tool.