Acosta’s lead in 38th race nar­rows

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

Up­dated elec­tion results in­di­cate Christy Smith, Demo­cratic chal­lenger to Assem­bly­man Dante Acosta in the 38th Assem­bly Dis­trict race, now trails the GOP in­cum­bent by 213 votes.

The lat­est Sec­re­tary of State results, as of Nov. 9, show Smith now trail­ing Acosta by 0.16 per­cent.

Pre­vi­ous to­tals that dis­counted re­main­ing pro­vi­sional and mail-in bal­lot counts showed Smith trail­ing Acosta by one per­cent­age point and 1,222 votes in the early morn­ing re­turns of Nov. 7.

As of Fri­day, Acosta, R-Santa Clarita, has 68,518 votes, while Smith has 68,305 votes, ac­cord­ing to the Sec­re­tary of State’s web­site.

The Ven­tura County to­tals for the 38th Assem­bly Dis­trict had Acosta at 53.5 per­cent and Smith at 46.5 per­cent, while Smith had 51.3 per­cent of the Los An­ge­les County to­tals, with Acosta at 48.7 per­cent.

“What is most im­por­tant to me in an elec­tion like the one we just had, is that vot­ers are as­sured that every one of their votes is counted,” Smith said on Fri­day. “I will con­tinue watch­ing those to­tals, and we have staff in place watch­ing in both coun­ties to en­sure that every voter needs to be heard. That is what we are fo­cused on.”

Acosta’s cam­paign was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for comment Fri­day night.

The L.A. County Regis­trar-Recorder’s Of­fice didn’t have a full tally avail­able for the num­ber of of un­counted pro­vi­sional and ab­sen­tee bal­lots for the 38th Assem­bly Dis­trict race; how­ever, coun­ty­wide, official re­ports note there are 361,316 pro­vi­sional bal­lots re­main­ing through­out the county, and 266,785 vote-by-mail bal­lots left un­counted, ac­cord­ing to the regis­trar’s of­fice.

“It typ­i­cally takes weeks for coun­ties to process and count all of the bal­lots,” the Sec­re­tary of State’s web­site states. “State law re­quires county elec­tions of­fi­cials to re­port their fi­nal results to the Sec­re­tary of State by Dec. 7, 2018. The Sec­re­tary of State has un­til Dec. 14, 2018, to cer­tify the results for the elec­tion.”

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