The race for State Senate District 23 between Republican Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh and Democrat Abigail Medina remains too close to call.
The seat is vacated by Senator Mike Morrell, who is termed out this year. The large district includes cities in both San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
In the nonpartisan primary for State Senate District 23 race, held on March 3, Medina and Bogh were the top two candidates, defeating Lloyd White, Cristina Puraci and Kris Goodfellow. In the March race, Medina held the highest percentage of the total votes, with 28.1 percent of the votes. Bogh trailed behind slightly, with 24.8 percent of the votes.
In the first few days of the General Election race, Medina was comfortably leading in San Bernardino County. As of Wednesday, Nov. 11, Bogh has the lead for both Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
In Riverside County, Bogh leads by almost 10,000 votes. In San Bernardino County, Bogh lead with 50.74 percent of the vote with a total of 112,137 votes. Medina held 49.26 percent of the vote with 108,880 total votes.
“We are taking each day as it comes,” said Bogh. “Celebrating every new positive gain, but keenly aware that there are several hundred thousands of votes that remain to be counted. We look forward to having them all counted and remain cautiously optimistic and certainly hopeful. We are encouraged and grateful for all the support thus far.”
Medina was unavailable for comment at press time.
The election results are not final. In Riverside County, there are still 169,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots to be processed. In San Bernardino County, there are 175,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots to process.