Election 2018: Live updates from The Proclaimer teamMai Nguyen Do November 6, 2018 0 COMMENTS
Update: It’s now Nov. 7 and several races are too close to call. Many of the precincts in Santa Clarita have not yet reported. Despite the late hours, because we’re very caffeinated and committed to informing the public, we’re still bringing you updates.
It’s Nov. 6, which means The Proclaimer’s team of reporters and editors is working hard to bring you updates for local midterm elections. Check back periodically for updates on the 25th Congressional District, 38th Assembly District, Santa Clarita City Council and Santa Clarita school board races.
12:45 p.m. | Knight has conceded. Hill is officially the representative-elect of the 25th Congressional District.
7:17 a.m. | With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Hill has secured 51.3 percent of the votes in the 25th Congressional District, making her the district’s new representative-elect.
3:40 a.m. | Hill continues to lead with a 1.72 percent advantage over Knight. Acosta’s lead over Smith keeps decreasing and is now at 1.45 percent.
3:20 a.m. | Hill’s lead has jumped to 1,684 votes. She now holds a 1.27 percent lead over Knight. Acosta’s lead over Smith has decreased to 1.7.
3:05 a.m. | Hill’s lead has increased to 1,080 votes, shifting her lead to 0.84 percent of the current vote total.
3:00 a.m. | In Saugus Union School District Trustee Area 1, David Barlavi leads Evan Patlian by 173 votes. In SUSD Trustee Area 2, Laura Arrowsmith leads Judy Umeck by 225 votes. In SUSD Trustee Area 5, incumbent Christopher Trunkey holds a 129 vote lead. Both William S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board incumbents hold leads over their challengers.
2:40 a.m. | Hill’s lead continues to increase. She is now ahead of Knight by 480 votes.
2:18 a.m. | Hill’s lead increases to 381 votes, which is 0.36 percent of total votes counted so far. Smith trails Acosta by 2.90 percent.
2:00 a.m. | As Los Angeles County precincts report, Hill jumps back in the lead. Hill now leads Knight by 82 votes — 0.08 percent of the total vote count so far.
1:30 a.m. | The local Democratic election night party finally ends.
12:20 a.m. | With 25.27 percent of precincts reporting, Acosta’s lead has narrowed slightly. Acosta now leads Smith by 2.71 percent.
12:17 a.m. | Knight is now leading by 0.45 percent — 360 votes. Acosta currently leads Smith by 3.05 percent. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-San Fernando Valley) has arrived at the Santa Clarita Democratic election night party.
11:42 p.m. | Hill’s lead has shrunk to 0.06 percent — just 43 votes — and Acosta now leads Smith by 2.69 percent.
11:21 p.m. | Hill currently leads Knight by 0.25 percent of the vote. Acosta leads Smith by 1.72 percent of the vote, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar’s latest numbers.
11:20 p.m. | Attendance at the local Republican election night party has declined from about 150 to about 20 attendees.
11:05 p.m. | According to updated Los Angeles County Registrar numbers, Christy Smith has narrowed the gap between herself and incumbent Dante Acosta from to just under two percent.
10:50 p.m. | Katie Hill has arrived at the local Democratic election night watch party. Hill is currently ahead of Knight by just 56 votes, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar.
10:30 p.m. | Christy Smith has arrived at the local Democratic election night watch party. As of now, less than 50 percent of precincts are reporting.
9:50 p.m. | Steve Knight and Dante Acosta have arrived at the local Republican election night watch party.
8:45 p.m. | Katie Hill is leading Steve Knight by about 600 votes with 33.71 percent of precincts reporting. Dante Acosta is leading Christy Smith by about 300 votes with about 19 percent of precincts reporting. Only 14 percent of precincts are reporting for the Santa Clarita City Council race, but the three incumbents — Marsha McLean, Bill Miranda and Laurene Weste — are in the lead with about 8,000 votes each. All challengers to the Saugus Union School District Governing Board incumbents are in the lead, while all incumbents on the William S. Hart Unified School District are leading.
8:10 p.m. | Both the local Democratic and the Republican election night parties are now underway. There currently about 150 attendees of 600 anticipated attendees at the Democratic election night party and about 100 of 50 anticipated attendees at the Republican election night party. Only city council and school board candidates have arrived at both.
8:00 p.m. | The polls are now closed. The Los Angeles County Registrar is now counting ballots.
7:30 p.m. | Polling locations in Valencia are reportedly running out of provisional ballots.
7:00 p.m. | With only one hour until the polls close, major polling places in Santa Clarita like Grace Baptist Church are still experiencing high turnout and long lines of 30 to 60 people each.
6:00 p.m. | Precincts throughout Simi Valley are reportedly out of provisional ballots.
1:50 p.m. | Multiple precincts in Ventura are reportedly running out of provisional ballot envelopes because low-propensity voters who are registered to vote by mail are arriving without their mail ballots.
1:30 p.m. | According to the latest numbers from the Los Angeles County Registrar, 37 percent of Santa Clarita’s absentee ballots counted so far are registered Democrats’ ballots, 40 percent are Republicans’ and 23 percent are independents’.
12:10 p.m. | Some Porter Ranch residents have reported receiving ballots for the 30th Congressional District instead of the 25th Congressional District because the Los Angeles County Registrar incorrectly consolidated precincts. The registrar is currently working to resolve the issue.
7:00 a.m. | Polls open. The Santa Clarita transit system is offering free rides for voters.
Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher. She is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and a College of the Canyons graduate. She is also the author of Ghosts Still Walking (2016) and Battlefield Blooming (2019). Find her on Twitter @DoNguyenMai.