Vote margins widen in close California legislative races
The vote gap is growing between the leaders and trailers in two closely watched state legislative races, as county registrars continue to count vote-by-mail and provisional ballots not tallied on election night.
Republican state Assemblyman Bill Berryhill has a 4,812-vote lead over Democratic Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani in a closely watched contest for the 5th Senate District seat in the San Joaquin Valley. The election night tally had him leading by a 3,988 votes.
The economy was a big issue in the district, with both candidates living in Stockton, a city that has filed for bankruptcy. Galgiani campaigned on her leading role in getting funding for a bullet train, which Berryhill opposed at a time when the state was cutting funding for schools and public safety.
Another closely watched race has Republican Assemblyman Chris Norby of Fullerton trailing Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva by 1,809 votes in the 65th Assembly District. On election night Quirk-Silva’s lead was 1,004 votes.
A victory by the challenger would help give the Democrats a 54-vote supermajority in the Assembly, allowing them to raise taxes without requiring Republican votes.
--Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento
Photo: Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton). Credit: Marc Martin / Los Angeles Times.