Demo­crat Ca­ballero leads slightly in race for 12th District

Merced Sun-Star - - News - BY ROBERT RO­DRIGUEZ rro­driguez@fres­nobee.com Robert Ro­driguez: 559-441-6327, @Fres­noBeeBob

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.

Anna Ca­ballero

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