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Wilk widens lead with latest tally

Posted: June 14, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 14, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The tally of votes still being counted after last week’s primary election now shows Republican Scott Wilk leading in the 38th State Assembly District race, edging out Democrat Edward Headington.

“It gives you bragging rights,” Wilk told The Signal Wednesday. “It makes my mom happy.”

The latest figures released by the California Secretary of State show Wilk with 18,910 votes compared to Headington with 18,448.

The extra votes counted since Headington was declared the top vote-getter immediately following last week’s primary now show Wilk ahead of his Democratic challenger by one full percentage point.

Late ballots still being counted include provisional ballots and “vote by mail” ballots, formerly called absentee ballots, a spokeswoman for the Secretary of State said.

At last count, close to half a million ballots statewide have yet to be processed, including more than 131,000 in Los Angeles County.

A day after the election, Los Angeles County Recorder and Registrar election results showed Headington ahead of Wilk with less than two percent of the vote.

He had 11,303 votes, or 32.03 percent, compared to Wilk’s 10,723 votes and 30.39 percent.

Counties have until July 3 — or 28 days after the primary — to process and report all ballots to the state.

“We’re right in the middle of our canvassing period,” said Secretary of State spokeswoman Shannon Valayas.

In several state districts, the second and third highest vote getters are separated by a narrow margin of less than one percent, she said.  Late votes in some of these races could send two different primary winners to the general election than the ones identified now.

But, while the numbers may still change for Wilk and Headington, those two remain the ones tapped for November’s election.

The Secretary of State is expected to release an election vote update on Friday.

For now, Wilk maintains 32.1 percent of the votes, Headington 31.1 percent.

“I feel great,” Headington said Wednesday. “I’m still carrying L.A. County and both of us made it into the top two,”
Headington, the only Democrat contender in the race for the 38th District, noted that he earned a third of all primary votes.

“That’s significant given voter turnout was two-to-one Republicans to Democrats,” he said. “The turnout for the general election will be very different.

“We’re going to do very well,” he said.

Election results for the other two Republican contenders competing in the primary — veteran William S. Hart Union High School District board member Paul Strickland and Patricia McKeon, wife of incumbent Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita — remain pretty much unchanged since Election night.

McKeon received 13,199 votes giving her 22.2 percent of the vote.

Strickland ended up with 8,519 votes or 14.4 percent.

“Right now, there’s a contest to win those folks over who voted for Strickland and McKeon,” he said.


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