With 2/3 of the precincts reporting in the Fifth Division, challenger Pat Higgins is way out in front of incumbent Charles Ollivier:
|CHARLES L. OLLIVIER||902||39.30%|
It’s a bit closer down in the Second Division, but incumbent Roy Curless has a pretty commanding lead with 40 percent of precincts counted:
315 votes separate Curless and Quilez, and SoHum ballots are presumably the last to be counted. Fortuna is Curless country; the Second Division could depend on how effective the Quilez GOTV effort in SoHum was.
A third report was released at 10:20 p.m. Not much change.
Second Division, 12 out of 26 precincts counted (one more than last time):
Fifth Division, same. No more precincts in.
|CHARLES L. OLLIVIER||1691||34.72%|
That’s one of the biggest blowouts in a closely fought election that the county’s ever seen. The DA recall three years ago was 60-40. But 65-35? Oof.
SoHum pulled for Quilez as expected, but not enough.
So it’s an interesting split result. But the stunning Ollivier defeat is certainly the story of the night, and a serious blow for backers of railroad and port development. More tomorrow.