As voters await the final count that will determine whether Catherine Crystal Foster or Terry Godfrey becomes the school district's second new Palo Alto school board member, election results point to just how evenly divided voter support has been in some areas of town.
Foster and Godfrey have each tentatively won the majority in three out of six precincts in the city's northeast -- the area stretching from the Crescent Park neighborhood to Triple El and St. Francis, according to data released by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters as of Wednesday at 5 p.m.
In two of those, the leads are razor-thin. Foster has 140 votes in precinct 2090 -- a portion bounded by Oregon Expressway and Embarcadero Road -- closely followed by Godfrey's 136 votes. In precinct 2078, which is in Foster's home neighborhood of Duveneck/St. Francis, Godfrey has pulled only one more vote than Foster. Godfrey won her home precinct in Evergreen Park by a comfortable margin (206 votes to Dauber's 135 and Foster's 133).
Godfrey overall retained a 71-vote lead as of Wednesday evening, but mail-in and provisional ballots that the county registrar's office is still counting this and possibly even next week could tip the results.
Newly elected school board member Ken Dauber's support was spread throughout Palo Alto, with strong vote counts in almost every neighborhood west of Alma Street: Barron Park, College Terrace, Green Acres, Charleston Meadows. He dominated in southeast Palo Alto, winning five out of seven precincts, as well as southwest (winning all four precincts), although in a few Midtown precincts, Godfrey's vote totals rivaled his.
Los Altos Hills voters, though few, also backed Dauber.
Dauber won none of the precincts in northeast Palo Alto, which included voter turnout that was among the city's largest in percentages.
Candidate Gina Dalma topped the others in a single precinct, winning 32 votes from a small sector of Stanford University.