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Election night: District 3 tight in supervisors' race

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Republican Steve Danon and Democrat Dave Roberts are in a tight race for the District 3 seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, with just a fraction of a percentage point separating the two in perhaps the only supervisorial race that couldn’t be easily predicted Tuesday.

With 47.8 percent of precincts reporting, Danon, chief of staff to North County Congressman Brian Bilbray, held just a 313-vote lead over Roberts, deputy mayor of Solana Beach. The race is headed for a November runoff, as neither candidate could secure more than 50 percent of the total vote. Each stood at around 31 percent.

The choice between Danon and Roberts is one that could change the Board of Supervisors in a way it hasn’t seen for a long time. Not since 1994 has the Board been occupied by a single Democrat. Current District 3 Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, a Republican, threw her support behind Roberts in March.

Roberts has outdone Danon in the campaign donations game since the beginning of the year, drawing nearly $234,000 in contributions, compared to Danon’s reported $130,710 in contributions.

Mail-in results for two other supervisor races, those for Districts 1 and 2, showed no surprises. Sitting District 2 Supervisor Dianne Jacob was defeating East County resident and Cedar Fire hero Rudy Reyes with 77 percent of the vote and 50 percent of precincts reporting, and incumbent Greg Cox was winning with 67 percent of the vote in a District 1 race against San Diego Deputy City Attorney Brant Will.

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