Betty Yee or John Perez?
Projected Winner: Betty Yee…
CalNewsroom.com’s tally, which includes updated results for Santa Cruz County, shows six counties with a combined 7,278 ballots left to count. The overwhelming majority of those unprocessed ballots (6,053) come from Lake County. The Secretary of State’s unofficial results show Yee with a smaller lead; however, its data does not include the final update from Santa Cruz County.
Another tally from Political Data’s Paul Mitchell, the state’s best political numbers-cruncher, gives Yee a 980 vote lead with 6,800 ballots left to count.
…But Lake County could give Perez win
Yee, who started Friday with a 318-vote lead, is still projected to finish in second place. However, the race remains too close to call as Perez has a chance of retaking the lead. That’s because Perez bested Yee by 7.4 percent in Lake County. Dive deeper into the numbers, and there’s more good news for Perez. On Election Day, Perez’s margin over Yee was 14.5 percent, a margin greater than his home county of Los Angeles.
If the race remains as close as it is today, it would be the second closest statewide election in California’s history. In 1988, a transportation bond measure that was supported by Gov. George Deukmejian was defeated by 355 votes, or six thousandths of one percent.
State Controller June 3, 2014 Primary Results:
|Tammy D. Blair||200,148||4.963%|
|John A. Pérez||876,232||21.726%|
|Betty T. Yee||877,075||21.747%|
Counties with Unprocessed Ballots
Cross-posted at CalNewsroom.