Oliverio congratulates ‘likely finalists,’ but not ready to concede

Facing a 700-vote deficit against Don Rocha, Pierluigi Oliverio today indicated he is not yet ready to throw in the towel in his bid to become the next Santa Clara County District 4 supervisor, saying that he will wait for the ballot count to be completed, which could take another week.

It is worth noting the difference isn’t insignificant, however. With 643 votes separating the candidates as of Wednesday night, Oliverio would have to make an incredible comeback to get back in the hard-fought race, but today he appeared nonplussed by that endeavor, saying his only plan for now is to wait “for the process to follow through like everybody else.”

Nevertheless, he did offer congratulations to “both of the likely finalists.”

Following the June 5 primary, which saw challenger Susan Ellenberg garnering 33 percent of the votes — allowing her to secure the top spot in the November runoff — Oliverio had the early lead up until Saturday morning but then the numbers flipped in Rocha’s favor and stayed that way. So far this week, Rocha has seen his lead expand dramatically with just three percent of the mailed-in ballots remaining uncounted.

Registrar of Voters spokesman Eric Kurhi today said his office still needs to wade through a dozen provisional ballots, of which a few thousand are ballots cast in the District 4 race. Because the process for these ballots is comparatively more complicated, completing the count could take another five days, he said, adding, “none of the ballots from here on out are these easy ones that are going through” electronically.

If Oliverio appears reluctant to concede, Rocha didn’t in any rush either to declare himself the second place winner, adding that doing so would be premature.

“What I see is a very close race with two qualified candidates who worked very hard,” he …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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