Re­turns show Acosta lead­ing 38th

Chal­lenger Smith hop­ing pro­vi­sional, mail-in counts might help close the gap

The Signal - - Front page - By Crys­tal Duan Sig­nal Staff Writer

Assem­bly­man Dante Acosta, R-Santa Clarita, held a 1,222vote lead in his re-elec­tion bid after all precincts’ bal­lots were counted from Tues­day’s elec­tion — but his Demo­cratic chal­lenger Christy Smith was hold­ing out hope that re­main­ing pro­vi­sional and mail-in bal­lot counts might still help her close the gap.

Acosta and Smith faced off Tues­day for a se­cond time. After all 252 precincts in the 38th As­sem­bly District had been counted, Smith stood at 49.5 per­cent, while Acosta led by one per­cent­age point with 50.5 per­cent of the vote.

The of­fi­cial to­tals were

127,666 bal­lots for the 38th As­sem­bly District, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia Sec­re­tary of State’s records. There are still some pro­vi­sional and late ab­sen­tee bal­lots that re­main un­counted.

Smith said Wed­nes­day she be­lieves the re­main­ing bal­lots could make a dif­fer­ence.

“We’re still cau­tiously op­ti­mistic,” she said. “We do not have an es­ti­mate from Ven­tura County on out­stand­ing votes, and coun­ty­wide (in Los An­ge­les County), there are still around 700,000 votes to be counted. Not all of those are in our district, but we are still wait­ing and re­ceiv­ing reg­u­lar up­dates from the reg­is­trar of­fices. We will play it by ear un­til we have a fi­nal count.”

Al­though L.A. County did not have num­bers

for the out­stand­ing num­ber of un­counted pro­vi­sional and ab­sen­tee bal­lots for the 38th As­sem­bly District, of­fi­cial re­ports state there are 361,316 pro­vi­sional bal­lots through­out the county, and 266,785 vote-by-mail bal­lots left un­counted, ac­cord­ing to the reg­is­trar’s of­fice.

Acosta spokesman David Crea­ger said Wed­nes­day that Smith had not con­ceded the race be­cause it was too close, and bal­lots were still be­ing counted.

On Tues­day night, while re­turns in­di­cated he was in the lead, Acosta said he felt pos­i­tively about his cam­paign.

“We’re happy to be up at this point,” Acosta said Tues­day. “We talked to thou­sands of peo­ple who felt very pos­i­tively about the cam­paign, and we are con­fi­dent vot­ers will send us back to Sacra­mento for two more years by the end of the night.”

The pair last faced off in 2016, when Acosta gar­nered 53.1 per­cent of the vote.



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