UPDATE: 10:57 PM -- El Cajon attorney Jim Miller, who lost out on a judicial seat by less than three percentage points in 2010, appears headed to another runoff.
With 43.9 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Miller leads all candidates for San Diego Superior Court Office No. 25 with 81,607 votes (36.7 percent).
He is 2 percentage points ahead of deputy district attorney Robert Amador (76,192 votes) and 7.5 percentage points in front of deputy city attorney George Schaefer (64,827).
If no one receives more than 50 percent of the vote during Tuesday’s primary, the top two vote-getters advance to a runoff in November.
“I’m ecstatic to be in front,” Miller said. “After reviewing how these things break, I think I’ll still be in front after it’s over.
“I’ll keep getting my message out that the courts need broader-based experience than a cookie-cutter DA.”
David Berry, a deputy district attorney, leads the race for San Diego Superior Court Office No. 24 by more than 24,000 votes over Superior Court Commissioner Terrie Roberts.
Berry has 55.4 percent of the vote in the two-person race.
The race for Superior Court Office No. 34 is razor thin with a mere 993 votes separating deputy district attorney Garland Peed and Gary Kreep, a constitutional law attorney.
Peed has 108,454 votes while Kreep is right behind with 107,461.
Miller knows all about close races. He lost to district attorney Richard Monroy by less than 14,000 votes (2.98 percent).
“We have a game plan,” Miller said. “I’ve learned something new in every election I’ve been in now. This is my third election.
“Based upon the natural preference for district attorneys, for us to be up proves we got our message out,” he added.