Catherine Blakespear
Catherine Blakespear at a rally on Nov. 6. Photo from her Twitter feed

As vote counting continued across California, there were small shifts in key state and local races, with incumbent Rep. Mike Levin’s margin increasing and controversial Measure C holding onto a slight lead.

On Friday morning, Levin had 51.7% to former San Clemente Mayor Brian Maryott’s 48.3%, a higher margin for the Democratic incumbent than on Election Night. Mail ballot counting for the 49th Congressional District race continues in both Orange and San Diego counties.

In the 38th state Senate District, which also spans both counties, Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, a Democrat, increased her lead over Republican challenger Matt Gunderson, an Orange County auto dealer, at 51.0% to 49.0%.

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters counted an additional 100,000 ballots on Thursday, with about 400,000 still to go.

After the latest batch, Measure C to remove Midway District height limits maintained a narrow lead at 50.2% to 49.8%.

In the race for the 76th Assembly District, Republican Kristie Bruce-Lane’s lead over incumbent Democrat Brian Maienschein narrowed to 50.1% to 49.9%.

A fifth close race, the contest for Mayor of Chula Vista, City Councilman John McCann’s lead over Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar dropped by nearly half a percentage point to 54.9% to 45.1%.

“Tonight we closed the percentage gap in the race for mayor, and we will continue to,” said a Campa-Najjar campaign spokesman.

The next update in local vote counting is expected around 5 p.m. on Friday.


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