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Cate, incumbents winning SD council races

Just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night, election results showed that Lorie Zapf, David Alvarez and Myrtle Cole were holding onto leads established earlier when absentee ballot counts were released. All were still in good position to retain spots on the San Diego City Council, while Chris Cate held a lead in his race for the District 6 seat.

As of the update that came just after 10 p.m., Zapf, who now represents District 6 but is running for the seat in District 2 because of re-districting, held a lead of 2,003 votes over her nearest competitor, Sarah Boot. Zapf’s 6,637 votes with 11.8 percent of precincts reported accounted for 54.5 percent of the vote. Candidates Mark Schwartz and Jim Morrison had 615 and 488 votes, respectively.

In District 4 with 27.1 percent of precincts reported, incumbent Myrtle Cole had 57.6 percent of the vote tally, while her closest challenger, Bruce Williams, still trailed by a large margin with only 18 percent. Blanca Lopez Brown had the third most votes with nearly 16 percent.

Alvarez continued dominating challenger Lincoln Pickard in his race in District 8, holding roughly 75.5 percent of the vote total with 3,340 votes and 15 percent of precincts reported.

With 27.5 percent of precincts reported in the District 6 race, Cate held a steady and healthy lead but looked postioned to have to face his nearest opponent, Carol Kim, in a November runoff. Just after 10 p.m., Cate held 46.2 percent of the vote with 5,334 votes. Kim's 3,620 votes accounted for nearly 31.4 percent. Others in the race are Mitz Lee, who had more than 12 percent of the vote; Jane Glasson, who had 5.5 percent and De Le, who had 4.5 percent.

Candidates have to receive 50 percent or more of the vote to avoid a runoff election in November.

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