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Kevin Jeffries Lead Over Bob Buster Narrows In Supervisor Race

The latest ballot count had Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore, receiving 50,308 votes compared to 49,638 for Buster, or 50.34 percent to 49.68 percent.

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ORIGINAL POST NOV. 9: Outgoing Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries had 137 votes shaved from his lead over Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster today in the race to represent the county's First District, but still held a 670-vote advantage.

The Registrar of Votes' website noted that 49,500 vote-by-mail ballots, 60,000 provisional ballots and 13,500 damaged ballots had yet to be processed countywide.

Another updated vote tabulation was scheduled to be released at 6 p.m. Saturday.

This was the first time Buster had been forced into a runoff election since his inaugural campaign in 1992.

Campaign filings showed both Buster and Jeffries spent six-figure amounts on their races, though Buster raised 60 percent more in political contributions.

Buster's camp underscored a record of trying to improve the local economy and save the county money through public employee pension reform and the acquisition of federal grants for transportation projects that employee local workers.

Jeffries criticized Buster's six-figure pension and vowed that if elected, he would work to convert all the supervisors' retirement plans to self- funded 401(k)s. The property management firm owner also blasted the incumbent for supporting some aspects of  Gov. Jerry Brown's 2011 "realignment" initiative that resulted in many state responsibilities being shifted onto counties -- without assurances for long-term funding.

Constant Comment November 10, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Anybody seen Marfa lately? Has she been busy 'stuffing' ballot boxes? }~)
Bowser November 10, 2012 at 06:58 AM
It's amazing how it takes days to count one counties ballots, but we can determine the presidential election in a few hours.....hmmmmm?
Roberto November 10, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Presidential election = Electoral College votes is all that counts.
The Teller of Truth November 10, 2012 at 08:03 AM
I just saw her over at Subway where she was busy stuffing something else!
Michelle Randall November 10, 2012 at 09:39 PM
What a shame that Jeffries has blatantly run as a Republican for a non-partisan supervisorial position. Campagning as a Republican, as well as being touted on other Republicans' campaign literature as the Republican person to vote in as Supervisor without a doubt put him over the top with votes from people who keep their heads where the sun don't shine and allow themselves to be led around by the nose (or in this case, by wherever they keep their noses). Riverside County has had its only truely non-partisan Supervisor in Bob Buster. He's been a man who could deal equally with Republican and Democrat alike for the good of his district, unlike Jeffries, from whom I would only expect state and federal level gridlock.
Balance November 11, 2012 at 01:24 AM
If my math is correct, 670 separate the two candidates and there are 123,000 votes that were still not evaluated. I, for one, am anxiously awaiting the 6PM update from the Registrar's Office.
Balance November 11, 2012 at 01:56 AM
UPDATE: Of the outstanding 123,000 ballots not counted yet, the Registrar's update shows they have counted another 3,217 ballots! How much longer? When's the NEXT update?
Balance November 11, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Buster-Jeffries update...only 3,217 of 123,000 outstanding ballots counted.
Balance November 11, 2012 at 02:04 AM
At this rate we'll know the final result in 38 days!
Martha L. Bridges November 11, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Hi Balance, Approximately, 15,500 vote-by-mail, 60,000 provisional, and 9,500 damaged ballots that require duplication still must be processed. The next updated results will be posted at 6pm on Tuesday. Supervisor, District #1 KEVIN JEFFRIES 52,505 50.41% BOB BUSTER 51,658 49.59% Total 104,163 100.00% This means that Jeffries has 847 vote lead on Buster. Check current status any time at: www.voteinfo.net
Toni McAllister (Editor) November 11, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Next update is Tuesday. The mail-in ballots may be done by Tuesday ... we'll see. The Registrar's office is not expecting to finish with the provisional ballots for "a few weeks." The drop dead though is Dec. 4 -- that's the date the final results must be certified. Recounts can be requested up to five days after that date. The two Lake Elsinore Wildomar races to watch are this Supervisor contest and Measure Z. When the gap is narrow -- as it is in both of these races -- it's a little unnerving on all sides. For Measure Z supporters, the cushion they have appears pretty safe. As for the Supervisor race, Kevin Jeffries still has a small lead.

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