Election results still in limbo

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Election results still in limboKern County Elections Division’s results page for the March Primary Election was updated Tuesday, but results are still too close to call in the race for 1st District Supervisor.

The update shows that Philip Peters hung onto his lead — more than 52 percent voter support so far. He needs only a simple majority to win the seat outright without going to a runoff in the November General Election.

Although his lead dropped by only a fraction of a percentage point, Kern County Clerk Mary Bedard reported that more than 42,000 ballots remain uncounted. She did not know how many of those were in the 1st District.

The most significant change was the standings between second- and third-place candidates David Fluhart of Bakersfield and Daures Stephens of Kern River Valley — separated now by only 23 votes (8,529 to 8,506). If Peters fails to garner 50-percent-plus-1 support, he and the next-highest vote-getter will appear on the November ballot.

When the News Review went to press last week, it was unclear whether top Democratic candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders would be able to garner a majority of delegates to earn the party nomination. Since that reporting most analysts have concluded that — thanks in part to the number of last-minute dropouts and endorsements — Biden will come out the victor.

Results remain uncertified until the statement of votes cast is completed by the county elections division, which has until 30 days after the vote to complete its calculations and send them to the California Secretary of State’s office, which declares final results.

Updates will continue to be posted at kernvote.com and sos.ca.gov.

Story First Published: 2020-03-13