San Luis Obispo mayoral race even closer
November 19, 2016
In what is becoming an open race, San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx’ lead over mayoral candidate Heidi Harmon has dropped from 726 votes on election night to 213 votes as of the last count on Tuesday.
There are currently 2,508 more ballots to count, which are likely to favor Harmon. While Marx led in early mail in ballots, Harmon led among poll voters and late mail in ballots following several robocalls promoting Harmon for mayor by activist Kevin Rice.
On Monday, Marx led Harmon by 461 votes with 4,464 ballots left to be counted for San Luis Obispo. After counting another 1,956 ballots, Marx’ lead shrunk to 213 votes or 50.22 percent to 49.13 percent. Less than 1 percent of voters elected to write in a candidate not on the ballot.
In another close race, SLO County’s Measure J, a transportation tax initiative, is currently failing by a narrow margin. Though Measure J is gaining ground, with only 11,386 countywide votes left to count it will likely fail.
As of Friday, 65.73 percent of voters had approved the sales tax initiative, and 34.27 percent voted against it. A 66.67 percent vote is required for it to pass and the increase in late voter support is marginal.
The San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder’s Office has scheduled the next ballot counting for Nov. 23.