R. Carey Davis, left, and John Valdivia are running for San Bernardino mayor.

By Brian Whitehead | bwhitehead@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: November 9, 2018 at 4:53 pm | Updated: November 9, 2018 at 4:54 pm

San Bernardino Councilman John Valdivia still leads incumbent Mayor Carey Davis in the race for the city’s top elected position, unofficial Election Day results updated Friday, Nov. 9, show.

The latest figures have Valdivia ahead of Davis by 601 votes; earlier this week, the two-term councilman representing the 3rd Ward led by 508 votes.

The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters will release updated vote totals at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Following Election Day, the registrar reported that there were about 200,000 ballots to be counted countywide. Given his narrow deficit and the volume of votes unaccounted for, Davis on Thursday, Nov. 8, refused to concede the mayor’s race.

“There’s still enough uncertainty that the race has not been determined yet,” he said.

The registrar’s latest update added more than 3,000 votes to the San Bernardino mayor’s race, bringing the number of people who voted for the position to about 25,000. It is unclear how many ballots are left to be counted.

As of Friday, Valdivia had 12,681 votes, or 51 percent. Davis had 12,080, or 49 percent.

Theodore Sanchez, Sandra Ibarra and incumbent Fred Shorett, meanwhile, remained ahead in their respective 1st, 2nd and 4th ward council races, the latest results show.