Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – 08:00 a.m.

Apple Valley Town Councilman Rick Roelle seemed to have the wind at his back following his strong showing in the June primary, which propelled him into a November runoff against High-Desert businessman Robert Lovingood.

But, appearances can be deceiving.

Both men are seeking to replace outgoing San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.

Roelle, with the backing of county employee union money and dozens of elected officials, along with a good amount of campaign dough, appeared to be the front-runner.

What a difference five months can make.

Lovingood hung in there and capitalized as a wave of anti-union sentiment developed in the district.

Now sources tell that Roelle, who hasn’t possessed a lead in any legitimate campaign polling, isn’t fairing well and will likely lose come November 6th.