Friday election update: Little change in Berkeley votes

Although more votes remain to be counted, it is increasingly likely that the leads established on Election Day will hold.

Brian Lanes votes at a ballot box outside Berkeley’s City Hall on Nov. 5. Photo: Pete Rosos

The drip, drip of vote tallies from Alameda County continued on Friday evening, with about another 3,000 Berkeley votes added to the totals today. For the county as a whole, about 38,000 new ballots were counted since the Thursday evening update.

None of the Berkeley races changed very much. In the City Council race for District 1, Rashi Kesarwani remains in front, with 45% of the vote, with Igor Tregub trailing with 35%. The gap between Kesarwani and Tregub has narrowed slightly each day, so there remains a chance that Tregub could conceivably overtake Kesarwani on a final ranked choice voting calculation.

City Council, District 1Tally (%) [RCV]# of Votes
Rashi Kesarwani45%1,973
Igor A. Tregub35%1,506
Margo Schueler15%673
Mary Behm-Steinberg4%194
Precincts reported14 of 144,353

Even less likely is late change in District 4, where incumbent Kate Harrison has remained above the 50% threshold since results on Election Day.

City Council, District 4Tally (%)# of Votes
Kate Harrison52%1,590
Ben Gould35%1,078
Gregory Magofna13%374
Precincts reported12 of 123,042

Since election night, Buffy Wicks has maintained a strong lead over Assembly District 15 opponent Jovanka Beckles. As of a Friday afternoon update which incorporates new counts from both Alameda and Contra Costa counties, the former Barack Obama campaign strategist has 56% of votes, to the Richmond City Councilwoman’s 44%. In a Friday press release, Beckles thanked her supporters and indicated she will not concede until all ballots are counted.