By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/11/14, 10:09 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago
With more than 15,000 ballots still left to count countywide, races in Colton and Rialto have some candidates still hoping to steal back top spots that had appeared to be theirs early in the race last week.
t’s still a white-knuckle tight race a week after the Nov. 4 election for District 4 of the Colton City Council. With a wire slim margin of a scant 20 votes between candidates Richard Prieto and Luis “Mr. G” Gonzalez, both candidates still have a fighting chance to be seated at the council in the coming weeks.
“I have to wait until it’s over because I know good and well that things can change,” said Gonzalez of his 445 votes compared to Prieto’s 425.
Prieto held the lead for the first two days after the election, but on Nov. 6, additional ballots counted by the county elections office tipped the scales from Prieto to Gonzalez’ favor. Whether he wins or not, Gonzalez has plans lined up.
“I have a plan B. In a nutshell, I was going to start my next book. I kind of have it laid out on the table. I’m still kind of just waiting,” Gonzalez said. “If I get it, then I’m ready to go to work. If I don’t, then I have my plan B.”
Officials at the San Bernardino County Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters said they have yet to tally 15,365 ballots countywide. Officials were unable to identify the outstanding votes by race. The majority of uncounted ballots are provisional, mail-in, those that require further signature review, and damaged ballots that need results copied onto undamaged ballots.
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