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?