Democrat Caballero leads slightly in race for 12th District
In one of the state’s most closely watched legislative races, Democrat Assemblywoman Anna Caballero held a slight lead over Republican Rob Poythress in the 12th Senate District.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Caballero had 50.5 percent of the vote to Poythress’ 49.5 percent. The lead flipflopped several times during the evening as votes were counted. There are thousands of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots to be counted in each district.
“I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who knocked on thousands of doors across the 12th Senate District to deliver our message. As a result of their effort, and the enthusiastic response of thousands of voters through the District, we finished election night with a slight lead,” Caballero said Wednesday. “But Tuesday night’s results also made it clear there are still a significant number of votes to count in the 12th Senate District.”
Caballero said her campaign staff will monitor the vote-counting in each of the six county election offices in the district: Fresno, Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Benito and Stanislaus counties.
The 12th Senate District race attracted plenty of attention, especially from California’s Republican Party leaders who were worried a win by Caballero could give Democrats a supermajority in both houses of the Legislature.
But Caballero, who represents the Pajaro and Salinas valleys, dismissed the concern.
“I think they had to find something to excite their base,” she said. “To me what is more important is that we have people who work for rural California. That is a more powerful ally for the district.”
Poythress said he was cautiously optimistic he would win the race.