Vote count update: Monday night — A couple of close city contests

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Some new numbers from the Registrar of Voters, with about 28,000 ballots left to tally county-wide:

52nd Congressional

Scott Peters now leads Carl DeMaio by 5,430 votes, 51.44 to 48.56 percent. Since the Friday night update when Peters was at 51.25 percent, 7,871 ballots were added to the total (188,200 counted thus far). Peters received just under 56 percent of the additional votes since Friday. DeMaio conceded the race today.

Mayor, Imperial Beach

The Registrar’s weekend update had two candidates in a dead heat, with I.B. Mayor Jim Janney and challenger Serge Dedina both at 1,928 votes. Dedina is now leading the incumbent by 52 votes (50.62 to 49.38 percent). Although 52 isn’t a lot, note that the margin is greater than one percent. Republican Janney has to be on pins. Dedina is on the needles.

Others of interest

Among the 15 or so races where candidates are within one percent of each other:

Vista City Council — GOP endorsed candidate John Franklin moved into the number two spot while vying for two seats, behind leader John J. Aguilera, also supported by local Republicans. Franklin leads the number three vote getter Dave Cowles by 142 votes, a mere .63 percent.

Oceanside City Council — Incumbent Councilmembers Jerry Kern and Gary Felien, both endorsed by the Republican Party, find themselves in a death knell contest in O’side, although they had supported each other for re-election. Chuck Lowery will take the number one spot, while Kern leads Felien by 180 ballots for the second position. In Oceanside, 180 votes means a margin of only one-third of one percent. This one could go either way, but one GOP incumbent will be free on Wednesday nights starting next month.

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