Look at this, in Senate District 40 for the Dem primary…
Mary Salas – 16,609 – 50.6%
Juan Vargas – 16,273 – 49.4%
A 336 vote spread. What is keeping Vargas close is his current 55 percent of the vote in Imperial County. However, Imperial is a small portion of the count, totaling only about 5,680 votes between the two candidates at this point.
On the other hand, Salas has 51.8 percent of the vote in San Diego County, by far the largest portion of the district, as well as 51.3 percent of the vote in Riverside County (darn gerrymandering…three counties).
My take: Unless there is some inordinate number of uncounted absentees and provisionals from Imperial County (unlikely), watch Salas increase her lead, putting the Vargas camp far enough back to not so quickly demand a hand count. Unless the insurance industry funds it. (Okay, that was not nice.)
In the meantime, let’s hope none of their respective operatives get in a fist fight while standing watch at the Registrar’s office.