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Waldorf-Astoria pulls ahead in Beverly Hills balloting

November 11, 2008 |  6:59 pm

Talk about a seesaw election.

On Friday, a ballot measure that would allow construction of a luxury hotel in Beverly Hills was losing by six votes.

But new vote tallies released by the Los Angeles County registrar Tuesday show that the controversial measure is now winning by 16 votes.

The current vote for Measure H, which would allow the construction of a Waldorf-Astoria hotel and two condominiums on the Beverly Hilton property in Beverly Hills, is now 7,017 for and 7,001 against.

In vote tallies released Friday, Measure H was being defeated 6,793 to 6,784.

Marcia Ventura, a spokeswoman for the registrar's office, said she did not know if all of the ballots had been counted.

But, countywide, hundreds of thousands of absentee and provisional ballots remain to be counted. It is likely that some of those are from Beverly Hills voters.

So stay tuned.

—Kate Linthicum

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