Tony Strickland Lead Holding UP in California State Senate Race
Former California Assembly Members Tony Strickland and Hannah-Beth Jackson candidates for California State Senate District 19
According to Flap’s math Republican Tony Strickland continues to lead by 1,390 votes versus 1,328 votes on Friday.
The raw figures:
Santa Barbara County:
- Hannah-Beth Jackson: 73,351 (72,693) (#’s from last Friday) + 658
- Tony Strickland: 58,497 (58,166) + 331
Los Angeles County:
- Hannah-Beth Jackson: 12,193 (12,083) + 110
- Tony Strickland: 16,660 (16,493) + 167
- Hannah-Beth Jackson: 116,730 (115,477) + 1,253
- Tony Strickland: 128,507 (126,922) + 1,585
Tony Strickland today increased his lead in Ventura County by winning 55% of the new votes counted and over 60% in Los Angeles County albiet losing in Santa Barbara County by an almost two to 1 margin.
Since Santa Barbara County elections is close or has completed counting, Flap estimates the election hangs in the balance due to approximately 11,000 uncounted provisional ballots in Ventura County.
It is possible, but unlikely, that Hannah-Beth Jackson can make up the 1,390 votes pluarlity Tony Strickland enjoys.
What does the likely Tony Strickland win mean for the California State Senate?
The Democrats for the first few months of the new session of the California Legislature which begins in December will be at least three short of a 2/3 rds majority to pass a state budget.
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Many referred to the ballot supervision process as â€œwatching paint dry.â€ The supervision process, which includes both volunteers and lawyers from the Democratic and Republican parties involves watching over the shoulders of Ventura County Elections Division Employees as they duplicate ballots that could not be read by ballot reading machines or match signatures on Vote-By-Mail Ballots to the signature on file electronically with the county.