As the vote count continues, Ventura County results remain steadfast. Provisional and mail-in ballots, which are allowed to be submitted the day of voting at an official polling location, have proven decisive in races across the state, but in Ventura County, they have either widened leads or left results unchanged from the night of Tuesday, Nov. 6.
With one exception, the race for California U.S. House District 25, which includes a portion of Simi Valley, ended with the Republican incumbent Steve Knight conceding to Democratic challenger Katie Hill over the weekend. The race was the focus of much national attention, as Knight’s seat was targeted by the Democratic Party for its potential to flip. Hill currently leads Knight by 10,000 votes as of 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Semi-official results in Ventura County were updated on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 3:10 p.m.
Locally, incumbents did not fare well on school boards and city councils. In Camarillo, long time councilmembers Mike Morgan (elected in 1980) and Jan McDonald (elected in 1998) are thus far in fourth and fifth respectively behind newcomers Shawn Mulchay and Susan Santangelo. The race, with the top three vote-getters elected, showed incumbent mayor Charlotte Craven in first.
The Ventura County Recorder’s office said on Tuesday afternoon that there still remain over 97,000 ballots to be counted countywide. An update is expected by the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 16.
The semi-official results also show that longtime Port Hueneme city councilman Jim Hensley (currently fourth in a top three contest), Fillmore’s Carrie Broggie (third in a top two) and Santa Paula’s Ginger Gherardi (fifth in a top three) are trailing.