Some votes cast in Kings County during California’s June 6 primary were counted twice by mistake, Kings County officials say. An ensuing recount resulted in a slight shakeup in the state assembly race for District 32, where incumbent Rudy Salas moved ahead of his conservative challenger, Justin Mendes, after first appearing to have lost. Both men would have appeared on the ballot in November anyway. Neither candidate seemed shaken by the correction. Each say they continue to trust the process.
“They got it right,” Mendes said by phone Thursday. “They’ll definitely be more prepared going into November. And I have faith in the system.”
… Nearly 1,900 duplicate votes were removed from the assembly contest. Since more of the duplicate votes went for Mendes, Salas share of the final vote rose, from about 48 percent, to just over 50 percent.