Updated report, 6pm Monday, Nov. 14.
As the ballot counting from Tuesday's general election approached its second week, the contest between two Democrats for California's District 10 Senate seat flipped, as Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab pulled ahead and away from initial front runner Lily Mei, mayor of Fremont.
With an estimated 40,000 votes to be counted, Wahab's lead on Monday jumped to 3,314, one day after she took her first lead, of 160 votes over Mei, who had led by 300 votes after the first ballot count Nov. 8. The East Bay's District 10 includes the cities of Hayward, Fremont and Milpitas.
In addition to the San Jose mayoral race, where Matt Mahan clung to a 1.9-point margin over Cindy Chavez, the list of the rest of the Election Day front runners in Santa Clara County remained unchanged after Monday's count.
The front runner in the Sheriff's voted, Robert Jonsen, the Palo Alto police chief, saw his lead over Kevin Jensen continue to grow in number, but shrink in vote percentage. Monday's report from the county Registrar of Voters showed Jonsen 1.97 percentage points ahead, with 198,118 votes (50.98%) compared to 190,513 (49.02%) for Jensen, a former sheriff's deputy.
According to a precinct map prepared by elections officials, Jonsen's strength lay in downtown San Jose and its neighboring cities to the west and northwest. Jensen's strength showed in precincts in east San Jose and cities and communities in eastern and southern portions of the county.
City Councilmember Sylvia Arenas continued to widen her lead over former council member Johnny Khamis in the Santa Clara County District 1 supervisor contest to 7,769 votes, with as many as 24,000 ballots left to be counted. Monday's vote totals showed Arenas with 50,062 (54.21%) and Khamis with 42,293 (45.79%).
In the city of Santa Clara, incumbent Mayor Lisa Gillmor also continued to widen her lead in Monday's election count over Councilmember Anthony Becker, to 571 votes, out of 23,911 cast so far, in the incomplete, unofficial report. With perhaps 6,000 votes to be counted, Gilmor led with 12,241 votes (51.19%) to 11,670 for Becker (48.81%).