On Monday the Orange County Registrar of Voters tallied 2,401 votes at 24 counting stations for the day. In the 69th AD Julio Perez closed the distance to Jose “Joe” Moreno by 80 votes, he’s now at 526 votes behind. In the 72nd AD Joe Dovinh moved to 221 votes behind Travis Allen, gaining 24 votes. Closing in on on third place is Long Pham who narrowed the distance to Joe Dovinh by 14 votes, he’s now only 82 votes behind.
Provisional ballots (1,432) made up 59.64 % of the 2,041 total ballots counted yesterday. the Votes counted today should primarily be provisional. In the 69th, Perez pulled 36% of the ballots counted compared to Moreno’s 10.49%. This was the first time in the ballot counting since Election day that Perez has led in percentage of votes counted. We are waiting for official tallies of how many ballots remain in the 69th, but we estimate that the number is somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000. I expect that Perez will pull an even greater percentage in the tally today. If the percentage of votes continues on its current trend, it looks like Perez will be able to overtake Moreno in the final tally.
UPDATE: The Registrar of Voters indicates that, as of this morning, there are 1,575 ballots in the 69th and 2,120 in the 72nd remaining to be counted.
In the 72nd, it is just too close to call. There is a significant chance that given the current trend, Long Pham could overtake Joe Dovinh for third place. The trend is looking a bit better for Travis Allen to hold on to second place. We should no more with today’s mostly provisional ballots.
The candidates and their supporters in these two contests will be biting their nails for the next several days. About10% of the provisional ballots were counted yesterday, with 14,030 left to count. Hopefully we’ll know the final numbers and whether or not there will be recounts by Friday.