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Turlock City Council race still a nail-biter
Steven Nascimento Turlock
Steven Nascimento

There are only four votes that separate two current Turlock City Council members and their race to see who will represent the City's newly formed District 4 for the next four years.

As of Tuesday, Steven Nascimento is in the lead with 2,575 votes with Amy Bublak trailing at 2,571 votes. These figures may change as the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters still has approximately 500 vote by mail ballots and over 13,000 provisionally voted ballots to count, with hundreds of miscellaneous ballots that require in-depth examination following the audit of the rosters. There's no way to know how many of the still uncounted ballots are from Turlock's District 4.

One vote could decide the winner in the District 4 race. In the unlikely event that the two candidates ended up with the same number of votes — something that has only happened three times since Lee Lundrigan has been the county's registrar/clerk/recorder she said— the election code states a game of chance will decide who wins the race.

There are no automatic recounts in close races according to Lundrigan. Anyone can request a recount, however, but that person is responsible for paying for the entire process. Lundrigan said she would not estimate the cost of a recount, but that it is "very expensive."

California law requires certification of the election 30 days following election day for local races, Dec. 8, and the Turlock City Council is expected to receive the final results at their Dec. 13 meeting at which time the District 4 winner will be sworn into office, along with the District 2 representative.

As of Tuesday, Gil Esquer is winning District 2 with 1,999 votes, followed by Jaime Franco with 1,107 votes.

In the Congressional District 10 race,  incumbent Republican Jeff Denham pulled farther into the lead this week, with 52.59 percent of the vote compared to  Democratic challenger Michael Eggman with 47.41 percent of the vote — an 8,172 vote difference.

Although Denham defeated Eggman by 20 points in the June primary and by 12 points in 2014, the 10th District was considered one of the tightest races in the country and National Democratic leaders made it a top priority.

The updated election results saw a reversal in which presidential candidate the majority of Stanislaus County voted for, with  46.25 percent choosing Hillary Clinton and 45.63 percent voting for Donald Trump. Preliminary election day results had Stanislaus County in favor of Trump over Clinton, 47.72 percent to 45.31.