Gaspar takes 15-vote lead over Roberts in supervisor race

Posted at 9:16 AM, Nov 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-20 15:49:41-05
SAN DIEGO -- Kristin Gaspar has moved slightly ahead of incumbent Dave Roberts in their race for a North County seat on the Board of Supervisors, according to a new count released Friday by the Registrar of Voters Office.
Gaspar, the mayor of Encinitas, trailed by around 2,200 votes after election night counting but has been gaining ground ever since. She trailed by more than 500 votes after Thursday's tally.
Her margin is now 15 votes ahead out of about 190,000 cast -- 95,041 to 95,026.
Around 273,000 absentee and provisional ballots still need to be tallied, according to the registrar's office.
Gaspar's campaign spokesman, Jason Roe, told City News Service it could take another week before a winner is determined -- and if the margin is less than 500, a recount could be in order.
"We have been cautiously optimistic since election night," Roe said. "We expected to close the gap."
He said most of their spending was late in the campaign, which is reflected in the post-election night count. Gaspar has gained more votes than Roberts on seven of the eight counting days since then, he said.
Gary Gartner of the Roberts campaign told CNS, "We are monitoring the results closely. We're optimistic that in the final count, Supervisor Roberts will win the election."
He said they will wait until the final numbers are in before deciding whether to seek a recount.