Scott Sherman kept his grip on an outright victory in the San Diego City Council's District 7 race on Tuesday, with the Registrar of Voters releasing an updated tally showing him with 90 votes more than necessary to avoid a runoff in November.
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Sherman, an ally of Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, had 50.3 percent of the vote in the district that includes Del Cerro, San Carlos and Tierrasanta, while Mat Kostrinsky, who listed himself as a home health care advocate on the ballot, had 40.2 percent. Two other candidates split the rest.
Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler said much of Tuesday's counting focused on ballots in District 7, and there were only a few left in that part of the city, KPBS reported.
The registrar's office was continuing to count absentee and provisional ballots that could not be tabulated on election night. As of 5 p.m., 17,700 still need to be counted.
Another DeMaio supporter, Mark Kersey, won a City Council seat last week by running unopposed. Two incumbent council members not affiliated with DeMaio -- Todd Gloria and Marti Emerald -- won their re-election bids without needing a runoff.
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