Tim Donnelly

8th Congressional District candidate Tim Donnelly. (James Quigg, Daily Press)

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted: Jun. 13, 2016 at 5:39 PM
Updated: Jun 13, 2016 at 5:40 PM

  • Former Assemblyman behind 847 votes to Ramirez as of Monday

Former Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly carved ever so slightly into Democrat Dr. Rita Ramirez’ second-place edge Monday in the 8th Congressional District race, but the window to catch up continued to tighten.

Donnelly picked up 1,875 votes in San Bernardino County, compared to Ramirez’ 1,732, following the county Elections Office’s most recent update, including mail ballots received at polling places on Election Day.

He is now 847 votes back of the former Copper Mountain College board member’s tally of 24,040, according to the Secretary of State. Well behind Rep. Paul Cook’s commanding 42.7 percent showing, Ramirez holds 21.5 percent of ballots cast and Donnelly has 20.7 percent.

If Ramirez hangs on to her narrow lead, she’ll face the incumbent in a run-off in November. The Secretary of State’s office has deemed the race for second a “close contest” — one of 14 in California.

A message left with Donnelly on Monday was not returned.

Nearly 33,000 votes remain to be tallied in this county, but it was not immediately clear how many were in the 8th District, which also encompasses Mono and Inyo counties.

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