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November 21, 2012
Handful of votes still separate candidates in Sacramento council races

County elections officials are down to 27,000 provisional ballots left to count. And even at that late stage, two City Council races remain divided by razor thin margins.

In a surprising development after results were updated today, Allen Warren has taken the lead over Rob Kerth in the race for the north Sacramento council seat. But Warren leads Kerth by just 35 votes after 12,697 votes were tallied.

Meanwhile, Steve Hansen maintained his lead over Joe Yee in the District 4 race in Land Park, the Central City and the River Oaks neighborhood of South Natomas. But Hansen's lead is still slim; just 139 votes separate the candidates after nearly 25,000 votes were tallied.

County elections official Brad Buyse told me all vote-by-mail ballots and votes cast at polling places have been counted, leaving just provisional ballots left to tally. Buyse expects the next update on the results next Tuesday or Wednesday.

All together, nearly 500,000 votes have been counted in the county. Turnout for the election was over 70 percent of registered voters.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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