With 2/3 of the precincts reporting in the Fifth Division, challenger Pat Higgins is way out in front of incumbent Charles Ollivier:

PATRICK HIGGINS   1393 60.70%
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:

CARLOS QUILEZ   1195 40.80%
STEVEN MORRIS   223 7.61%
ROY CURLESS   1510 51.55%

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.

UPDATE:

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):

CARLOS QUILEZ   1224 41.16%
STEVEN MORRIS   225 7.57%
ROY CURLESS   1524 51.24%

Fifth Division, same. No more precincts in.

UPDATE:

Oof.


PATRICK HIGGINS   3171 65.10%
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.

Second Division:

CARLOS QUILEZ   2035 44.90%
STEVEN MORRIS   318 7.02%
ROY CURLESS   2175 47.99%

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.

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