Harrison’s lead over Cho shrinking

When candidates are slow to concede at the end of a long campaign, it’s hard to know whether they are being rightly competitive or simply graceless. When Steve Cho refused to concede Wednesday morning after trailing Bill Harrison by more than 1,900 votes, I’m sure some thought he was more the latter than the former.

But, then again …

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters office just posted new results on its website, and it appears that Harrison’s lead over Cho has shrunk by about 700 votes in the past 48 hours. That’s quite a bit.

Current results (as of 4:35 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9) are:

Harrison: 20,044 votes — 34.16 percent

Cho: 18,813 votes — 32.06 percent

Natarajn: 15,364 — 26.18 percent

And Akbari (5.35 percent), Susoev (2.06 percent) and 103 various Write-in votes (0.18 percent) round out the rest. That’s quite a bit tighter between Harrison and Cho than the previously listed numbers.

The 1,231-vote deficit is probably still too high for Cho to come back from, but the county registrar workers will continue to wade through thousands of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots this weekend, and well … who knows?

Chris DeBenedetti


  1. Would appear Mr. Cho has some leg to stand on with this one.

    Where are the people voting for Suseov? My God, why are they throwing their votes away. I’m personally disappointed that Aziz didn’t do better – I thought he had good ideas.

  2. I have great respect for anyone who casts a ballot however they choose to do so.

    Personally, I find the vote-by-mail option to be a pretty smart thing to do.

    It saves me time.

    I can vote on my schedule.

    I’ve done it both ways and I think the alternative clearly appeals to those who value the social activity and contact with others. It *feels* better in some way . . . .

    Cho isn’t a candidate that is going to appeal to the “touchy/feely” crowd. On the other side, Harrison has centered his promotional effort almost exclusively on feel-good stuff. So, for these reasons, it seems intuitive that Cho might carry a slight advantage amongst vote-by-mail ballots. . . . will be (pleasantly) suprised if it is significant enough to tip the scales.

    Kevin C – You could have stopped at “Where are the people voting ?”

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