Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, November 8, 2004


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Latest Absentee Ballot Count Shrinks Escobedo Lead in Tight Judicial Race


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Referee Mildred Escobedo’s lead in her close contest with Deputy District Attorney Patrick David Campbell for an open Superior Court judgeship shrunk slightly as the counting of absentee and provisional ballots continued Friday.

Escobedo, who had 1,018,927 votes when election workers went home at 4:13 a.m. Wednesday, added 14,097 votes, for a total of 1,033,024. Campbell added 16,091 to his previous 1,001,340 for a total of 1,017,431, cutting Escobedo’s lead to 15,593 or 0.76 percent of the vote cast.

A spokesperson for the registrar-recorder said there are approximately 200,000 absentee and 200,000 provisional ballots still to be counted.

The winner of the Escobedo-Campbell contest will succeed Judge Marcus O. Tucker, who did not seek re-election.


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