Merced Mayor's Race Separated by 24 Votes

November 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Voters made their voices heard across the country and here in the Valley after Tuesday night's special election. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Just a handful of votes separate two candidates in the race for mayor of Merced. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, but absentee ballots still being counted, Merced City Council Member Bill Spriggs leads in the race for mayor 38 to 37 percent, but just 24 votes separates Spriggs from fellow Council Member Michele Gabriault-Acosta.

In other Valley races, Bill Blake has won the Merced City Council seat for "Area 3".

Mike Lane, Mary Wheeler, and Warren Gubler are headed to the Visalia City Council; and Tulare voters approved a utility tax hike.

In Northern California, Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi beat out a Republican candidate in the 10th Congressional District. The district stretches from the suburbs of the East Bay to the edge of the State Capital.

Garamendi's victory in this special election means Governor Schwarzenegger will have to name a replacement for Lieutenant Governor. That nominee must be approved by both the Assembly and the State Senate.

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