According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters' election update on Wednesday, Nov. 14, Dharap earned 11,836 votes, or 23.4 percent, compared to Ashlund's 10,678 votes (21.11 percent), with 89 percent of the ballots counted.
Parent Kathy Jordan was 401 votes behind Ashlund with 20.32 percent of the vote, or 10,277 votes, as of Wednesday evening.
Despite the widening gap between Dharap and Ashlund, both have said that they're waiting for the Registrar's final vote tally before acknowledging the winner in the race.
"I think it's important right now, especially with so many high-profile races around the country coming down to the last vote, to stand behind the process in full support of counting every vote," Dharap said.
As a candidate, the 28-year-old Dharap described himself as the "underdog" in the school board race — a younger resident with no children or yearslong advocacy record. A contentious debate over reporting weighted grade point averages prompted Dharap, who graduated from Gunn High School in 2008, to get more involved in district issues last year. He ran on commitments to government transparency, legal compliance and student well-being.
Incumbent Ken Dauber, whose early, comfortable lead secured him re-election early on election night, now has 13,802 votes, or 27.29 percent of the vote.
The Nov. 6 midterm election saw huge voter turnout: 65.43 percent, according to the Registrar of Voters.
Based on voter turnout and the Registrar's estimate of the percentage still left to count, as of Thursday there are still about 3,300 Palo Alto ballots outstanding.
The Registrar is posting updated election results daily on its website, sccgov.org/sites/rov.
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