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Measure I closer, Poizner still behind

As more votes are counted, Measure I -- Palo Alto’s school parcel tax -- has crept slightly closer to victory. Meanwhile, Republican Steve Poizner appears to be heading toward defeat in his California Assembly race against Democrat Ira Ruskin.

With 29,607 more votes counted, unofficial results show Measure I -- which asked voters to increase an existing $293 annual parcel tax to $521 -- with only 65.86 percent of the vote. It needs two-thirds, or 66.6 percent, to pass.

As of Wednesday morning, when 25,747 votes had been counted, the measure was nail-bitingly close -- having garnered 65.64 percent.

The current unofficial tally, as of 3:35 p.m. Friday, is 19,498 to 10,109.

Santa Clara County estimates it has 500,000 of its 600,000 votes counted, according to the Registrar of Voters’ Web site.

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Meanwhile, Poizner -- a former high-tech CEO who spent around $6 million of his personal fortune to make the typically Democratic Assembly seat competitive -- is no closer to victory, even though nearly 20,000 additional votes have been counted.

Poizner still trails Ruskin by 3.8 percent, the same percentage he was behind on Wednesday. Ruskin, a council member in Redwood City, now leads 84,635 to 78,404.

Poizner’s campaign had initially estimated on Wednesday there were 50,000 additional uncounted ballots from parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Both counties’ final tallies were slowed by the increased voter turnout. The uncounted votes -- approximately 200,000 total from Santa Clara County and 70,000 total from San Mateo County -- are a combination of late absentee and provisional ballots.

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Measure I closer, Poizner still behind

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Nov 5, 2004, 4:48 pm

As more votes are counted, Measure I -- Palo Alto’s school parcel tax -- has crept slightly closer to victory. Meanwhile, Republican Steve Poizner appears to be heading toward defeat in his California Assembly race against Democrat Ira Ruskin.

With 29,607 more votes counted, unofficial results show Measure I -- which asked voters to increase an existing $293 annual parcel tax to $521 -- with only 65.86 percent of the vote. It needs two-thirds, or 66.6 percent, to pass.

As of Wednesday morning, when 25,747 votes had been counted, the measure was nail-bitingly close -- having garnered 65.64 percent.

The current unofficial tally, as of 3:35 p.m. Friday, is 19,498 to 10,109.

Santa Clara County estimates it has 500,000 of its 600,000 votes counted, according to the Registrar of Voters’ Web site.

Meanwhile, Poizner -- a former high-tech CEO who spent around $6 million of his personal fortune to make the typically Democratic Assembly seat competitive -- is no closer to victory, even though nearly 20,000 additional votes have been counted.

Poizner still trails Ruskin by 3.8 percent, the same percentage he was behind on Wednesday. Ruskin, a council member in Redwood City, now leads 84,635 to 78,404.

Poizner’s campaign had initially estimated on Wednesday there were 50,000 additional uncounted ballots from parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Both counties’ final tallies were slowed by the increased voter turnout. The uncounted votes -- approximately 200,000 total from Santa Clara County and 70,000 total from San Mateo County -- are a combination of late absentee and provisional ballots.

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