One Race Flips, Other Front Runners Hold as Vote Count Goes on in Santa Clara County

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%).


  1. After 4 million dollars, Becker, the Golden Avenger of York, has not delivered??

    Well, Trump needs a new limo driver.

  2. > Front runner Robert Jonsen, the Palo Alto police chief, saw his lead shrink by more than 2,00 votes, to 5,270 ( 2.8 percentage points)

    There’s an obvious error in your arithmetic:

    185,743 – 177,473 = 8,270
    51.14% – 48.86% = 2.28%

  3. Has anyone checked Anthony Becker’s civil court records for collections cases? How has the journalism of Silicon Valley managed to miss this?

  4. “Delayed Results Are Killing Americans’ Trust In Elections” (11Nov 2022, thefederalist)
    “For Americans to trust democracy,
    states must bring back Election Day — not election weeks.”

    “Confidence in our nation’s elections is at an all-time low. Yet swing states with key races now routinely prolong counting for days even though polling strongly suggests that
    it Severely Undermines the Public’s Trust in Elections.

    Some states have grown so comfortable with this system that they’ve started to preemptively announce delays…
    …the truth is, voters on both sides of the political aisle despise anxiously awaiting tabulation because they know it opens the door for problems and meddling.

    Even if this election were as safe and secure as claimed, the fact that it now takes days and possibly weeks to learn who will control the halls of power for the next few years sows reasonable doubt in the minds of Americans.
    Without a principled and structured system for quick, accurate calculation, confidence in elections plummets.

    And what does it do for election integrity when only a few thousand votes trickle in each day following an election?
    with no clear answer as to why it’s taking so long or when the final tally can be expected?
    How does a polling place in the swing state of Pennsylvania run out of paper on Election Day?
    How the largest county in the battleground state of Arizona (and the 4th most-populous county in the country) – where the officeholder in charge of running elections is at the top of the Democrats’ gubernatorial ticket – can be rife with problems in election after election (running out of printer ink this election day).
    These are valid questions, not conspiracy theories, and they’re the types of concerns that shatter voter confidence.

    …voters recall that Americans in decades past knew who the winners were before their heads hit the pillow at night.

    It is still possible to determine victories on Election Day.
    Not only do most civilized countries manage to tabulate votes in a reasonable timeframe,
    but so do many large states.

    For Americans to Trust Democracy, which politicians and the corporate media claim is under fire, states must Embrace Election Systems that Yield Rapid and Accurate Results and are worthy of voters’ trust.”

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