Solomon in close race for second

06/07/2012

Local congressional candidate Norman Solomon’s supporters were still awaiting the final vote tally for the second congressional district Wednesday, in what has become a close contest for second place. With all of the 732 precincts at least partially reporting as of 4:43 a.m. on June 6, Assemblyman Jared Huffman held a clear lead at 37.3 percent of the votes statewide, with Mr. Solomon and Republican Daniel Roberts in a near-tie for second place. At press time, Mr. Roberts held 15.3 percent of the votes while Mr. Solomon had captured 14.2 percent. In what has been described as a near record low in voter turnout in California, a source said many ballots were being “walked in” to voting stations, with up to 50,000 or more ballots still uncounted. Officials have until July 6 to produce a final tally, with the next progress report expected Friday.