Ballots counted on Thursday pushed Rep. Scott Peters ahead in the 52nd District election count for the first time since Tuesday’s Election. Carl DeMaio’s initial 2000-vote lead has slowly been whittled away by voters who cast their ballots late on Election Day, Liam Dillon reports. “New numbers released Thursday represented mail ballots returned at drop-off sites and others turned in on or around Election Day,” Dillon wrote. “They favored Peters decisively, by 56 percent.” That put Peters up by 861 votes, with thousands more ballots still to be counted.
DeMaio tweeted he remains hopeful that the 28,000 uncounted ballots could still break his way. But some savvy election-watchers were already declaring the whole thing over and Peters the winner, based on the new numbers and how the remaining ballots are likely to split.
• Scott Lewis joined NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia to go over what the process of counting all these ballots looks like and how the experts are able to predict which candidate might benefit from those ballots, in our most recent San Diego Explained.
• Voters in Imperial Beach are witnessing their own nail-biter as only 33 votes separate the two candidates for mayor, 10 News reports.
Big Federal Dollars Flow Here
Not so long ago, San Diego was host to many thousands more military jobs than it has these days. Those jobs may have moved away and the economic footprint of the military may have shrank, but Lisa Halverstadt notes, San Diego seems to have only swapped one government entity’s money for several others’. “Data from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis shows the number of military workers in San Diego has dropped by nearly 68,000 since 1969,” Halverstadt writes.
But money flowing to San Diego businesses from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense total in the billions. Keep up with our quest on San Diego’s business climate here.