From Cooley-Hoover to Hume-Moreno, today is do or die; Recount requests on the way?

When Sacramento County Voters Registration and Elections release vote tallies this afternoon, the outcome of several close races should be more evident. Or, in a few cases, apparent that there will be recounts requested. 

The closest race of significance in Sacramento County is between Democratic Assemblymember Ken Cooley and his Republican challenger, Joshua Hoover, for Assembly District 7. Hoover leads Cooley by 16 votes with 61,902 to Cooley's 61,886. 

The California Secretary of State has included the Assembly District 7 race on its list of five close contests.  

Another close race, although not as close as the Cooley-Hoover, is the contest for Sacramento County Board of Supervisors District 5 between Republican Pat Hume and Democrat Jaclyn Moreno. Hume has a 714 vote lead with 29,698 to Moreno's 28984.

Although Moreno can take the lead, she must capture at least 52 percent of the estimated 21,000 uncounted ballots. 

With today's release, one race that should be called is the contest between Democrats Angelique Ashby and Dave Jones for State Senate District 8. Ashby has maintained and slightly built her lead since the first tallies on election night two weeks ago.

Ashby has 51.1 percent with 82,298 votes to Jones' 78,891 for 48.9. Although Jones could mathematically overcome the shortfall, it will take a massive swing of votes which is unlikely given the diminishing pool of ballots.

Of note, the race for Citrus Heights City Council District 5 race between incumbent Porsche Middleton and Natalee is currently tied at 1,523. Today's tallies may provide clarity on the frontrunner in this contest.

According to California Elections Code §§ 359, 15621 (see the document posted below), no automatic recount provisions exist as it does in other states. However, candidates or interested parties can request a recount. 

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