While not all votes have been counted, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs is leading in his effort to serve another term. The initial election results show the incumbent with a 20 point lead over his closest rival, Kevin Lincoln.
Since none of the eight candidates won over 50% of the votes, the top two will face each other in a November runoff. Tubbs is garnering nearly 41% of the vote with Lincoln running in second with 21% of the vote.
Tubbs said it’s a challenge that he’s faced before in running first for city council and again when he ran for mayor.
“If we go to a November runoff, it will be my third runoff. I’ve got 70% four years ago, 62% four years before that, so I think we’ll have more time, we’ll have nine months to knock on doors and talk to people,” said Tubbs. “I think when we do that, we’ll be successful.”
As for the Stockton City Council races, the most current election results show Dan Wright leading 30 points over Fernando Duarte for District 2 City Council member. Kimberly Warmsley has a 15 point lead over Gloria Allen for District 6 City Council member.
More than 200,000 voters in San Joaquin County are registered to cast their ballot by mail, but those ballots are coming in very slowly , but those ballots are coming in very slowly. As of Friday Feb. 28, the county elections office had only received 40,000 mail-in ballots.
Registrar of Voters Melinda Dubroff said final results might come well after the election.
“We’re seeing ballots being turned in later and later. Not as many people voted right off the bat when they got the ballot in the mail,” said Dubroff. “We are going to have a lot of ballot counting to do even after election day.”
Dubroff said that about 20,000 votes were cast at polling places on Super Tuesday.
“What’s remarkable is that we had 20,000 registered voters come out to the polls and cast their ballots,” said Dubroff. “ We had 40,000 vote-by-mail ballots dropped off at the polls. So we received the same number of vote-by-mail ballots at the polling places as we did the entire period prior to election day.”