Down Arrow

Saturday, July 2, 2016 – 09:45 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters official completion of its tally of the June 7 primary couldn’t come soon enough for Robert Lovingood

There’s probably no two people happier than, Lovingood, the first district county supervisor, and his challenger, Angela Valles.

Lovingood’s happiness can only come from the fact that he can’t fall any further in the ballot count.

Valles is can only be ecstatic because Lovingood made a precipitous fall in each and every vote count update after 8:05 p.m. on election night.

Yes. He dropped in very single ballot count revision!

When it was all said and done. Lovingood wound up with 36.5 percent of ballots cast, while Valles garnered 26.06 percent.

The elephant in the room here is the fact that Lovingood started out at 43 percent.

Valles’ husband, Former Apple Valley Town Council Member Rick Roelle, also ran in the contest. He garnered 14.56 percent of the vote.

Combined, the couple scored a total of 40.62 percent.

Lovingood easily outspent Valles in the primary. He loaned his campaign $100,000 and donated another $50,000 out of personal funds.

$100,000 is the maximum a candidate can loan themselves.

Nevertheless. Lovingood is in trouble.

The other two contenders in the race, Hesperia City Council Members Paul Russ and Bill Holland have already endorsed Valles.

I’m not saying Lovingood can’t win. But the door is in fact open for Valles to secure a victory.