If the trend continues, Paul McNamara will be sworn in December 12 as the next mayor of Escondido. The retired Marine Colonel as of Monday night was leading Mayor Sam Abed by about 900 votes and has been since last week as the Registrar of Voters continues its snail’s pace of counting votes.
The Registrar is expected to certify the election around December 6 at the latest.
Marie Waldron, the newly sworn in minoring leader of the Assembly was heard to remark on Monday, “We can send a man to the moon, but we can’t count votes faster than this?”
McNamara wasn’t ready yet to claim victory, wanting to wait until virtually every last vote is counted before claiming his prize.
He told The Times-Advocate Monday: “I think I’m going to just wait until the ROV announces it. I don’t know what the point is at this stage. Here’s an update as we know it. This weekend and this week they are doing the provisionals. The 50th district and Escondido mayoral precincts are priority due to the closeness.”
He added, “I also understand there is a lot of challenging going on between the two 50th district camps, thus slowing the process down. Obviously, Escondido is in the 50th and so that slows our count as well. Additionally, I understand that there are about 1800 provisionals that could affect the mayoral race. So, if we see the new count come close to an 1800 increase from Friday’s count, we should be done other than a few stragglers, meaning those folks who forgot to sign the envelope or something like that and have the opportunity to send it back in.”