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News - June 11, 2010

Uncounted-ballots leave DA race up in the air

Razor-thin lead of Challenger Jeff Rosen over incumbent District Attorney Dolores Carr could reverse

Disclosure that there were nearly 100,000 ballots yet to be counted on Wednesday in Santa Clara County has thrown the race for district attorney into a big question: Will challenger Jeff Rosen's 1,724-vote lead over incumbent District Attorney Dolores Carr evaporate?

The outcome may not be known until late Friday, and will not be officially certified until weeks later.

Both Carr and Rosen have backed off from conceding or declaring victory in the hard-fought race.

In an election night marked by excruciatingly slow posting of results, the final tally wasn't announced until just past 2 a.m. — giving Rosen a 2,217-vote edge in the D.A. race.

Throughout the night, scores of supporters at election-night parties in south San Jose talked among themselves as results, projected on screens, remained unchanged for long periods.

But there was no visible announcement on the Registrar of Voters' website page listing totals that there were thousands of votes yet to be counted. Initial results were listed as mail-in totals.

By Thursday midday, Rosen had amassed 97,214 votes, or 50.45 percent of the votes, to Carr's 95,490 votes, or 49.55 percent — giving Rosen a 1,724 lead.

Carr was gracious in her apparent defeat as the totals showed a widening lead for Rosen in the last announcements preceding the 2:03 a.m. "final" results of all precincts reporting.

She made a brief statement that could be used whether she won or lost: "We ran an honest and honorable campaign," she said. "I'm proud of the support we have had, and I'm proud of accomplishments we've made as I've been D.A."

Rosen, in a written statement, said the election is not just about him but about broader issues, including justice. But references to his apparent victory turned out to be premature in light of the huge number of uncounted ballots.

— Jay Thorwaldson


Posted by J. Chan, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 9, 2010 at 8:53 am

Congratulations to Mr. Jeff Rosen your bravery and integrity earned my vote! Now lets bring Jay Boyarsky back to North County!

Posted by Rick F., a resident of Midtown
on Jun 9, 2010 at 9:48 am

Congratulations, Jeff on a well-deserved victory. And the incredibly small margin of victory, nearly 2,000 votes out of a couple hundred thousand, should remind us all that every vote does indeed matter.

Posted by Theresa S., a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2010 at 9:54 am

Yay, for Jeff Rosen! [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by Big Al, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

Way to go people!
Does this mean we won't be seeing her sweet smile in the papers?
Boo Hoo.

Posted by Hoppy Changey, a resident of Meadow Park
on Jun 9, 2010 at 10:44 am

I hoppy there is a big change and Mr Rosen will aggressively target the criminals that Delores failed to bring to justice under the 3 strikes law. I am very tired of the convicted felon class getting off. This is a change will all need.

Congratulation Mr. Rosen, now go get them!

Posted by confused, a resident of Stanford
on Jun 9, 2010 at 11:05 am

Are you all sure this race is over. Did Carr really concede?

Posted by Justice, a resident of Terman Middle School
on Jun 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm

I hope that the new DA is more just and will not use his power to abuse other citizens and to further his own goals. I also wish he will stop the corruption of the Santa Clara county's police officers and the employees at the DA's office.

Posted by Ellison, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Way to go Jeff! I'm so happy for you! You ran an amazing campaign - fair and honest! Your team was exceptional and hardworking, a reflection of what your term as DA will be as well!

Posted by Let my vote count!, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm

So Santa Clara has just discovered 100,000 uncounted mail in ballots. That includes mine, why hasn't it been counted? And, I voted for Josh Becker!!!

Posted by Cieboy, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Good results. Ms. Carr had too many ethical issues.

Posted by kimmel, a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm

congratulations jeff!!!!!!!! your constituents are going to see what we who have known you all your life have known about you: you are brilliant, compassionate, and ethical. may your service be blessed with clear sight and clear thinking. amen.

Posted by A parent, a resident of Gunn High School
on Jun 10, 2010 at 7:57 am

Justice that sends victims of police misconduct to the morgue is dead.
May Dolores Carr never double park on thin ice again.

Posted by Linda, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jun 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

After what was done with Weston Healy, thank goodness she is gone.

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