Latest vote counts show local races tightening

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The California Secretary of State and Kern County Elections Office have updated the latest vote tallies following last Tuesday’s midterm elections and some local races are tightening.

The lead has narrowed for Republican incumbent David Valadao in California’s 21st Congressional district over Democratic challenger T.J. Cox.

Following election night, Valadao was up 4,800 votes. His lead is now 2,079 votes.

Also, Measure N, the one-cent sales tax in the city of Bakersfield is tightening.

It is still failing, but the vote differential fell from 2,600 votes to 1,664. It needs a majority of the vote to pass.

In Wasco, Measure E — a Wasco Union High School District bond — is inching closer to 55 percent needed to pass. It is now at 53.4 percent “yes” to 46.6 percent “no.”

Kern County reports an estimated 5,730 vote by mail and conditional ballots to process and 16,342 provisional ballots.

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