There is no doubt Gary Singh is going to be Manteca’s next mayor.
And it is also likely he will gain election with the most votes ever cast for a candidate in a Manteca race.
The latest tally with 45.2 percent of the ballots counted so far that were cast in the Nov. 8 election has Singh with 10,671 votes or 49.86 percent of those tabulated in the mayor's race as of Tuesday.
Challenger Lei Ann Larson is still in second with 5,486 votes (25.63 percent). That’s 241 more votes than incumbent Ben Cantu who is in third with 5,245 votes (24.51 percent).
Singh has said he will not declare victory until all of the votes have been counted.
Cantu when he defeated then incumbent Steve DeBrum in the 2018 mayoral race collected 12,042 votes. DeBrum had 10,988 votes.
The 2018 count gave Cantu the most votes ever cast for candidate in a Manteca race.
Singh, with almost 50 percent of the countywide counted, has a good chance of surpassing the 12,042 vote record Cantu set.
It should be noted that it is not clear where the rest of the ballots are from that still need to have signatures verified before they can be counted.
As of Tuesday 174,344 of the ballots counted so far of the overall 385,679 ballots that were cast have been counted.
The Manteca race so far has had 21,902 votes counted compared to the 23,022 overall that were cast in 2018.
If the Manteca turnout is the same percentage of registered voters as it was in 2018, there are at least another 2,200 ballots to be counted given the uptick in people registered and eligible to vote that have been added to Manteca’s voting rolls over the past four years.
If votes continue to split as they have been doing in the past three counts, Singh is likely to add another 2,000 votes to his total to top Cantu’s mark of 12,042.
Given the registrar of voters has 30 days to canvas and then certify the vote, the odds are good the current council may still be in office when the Dec. 6 scheduled council meeting takes place.
That’s because the county, based on this year’s count compared to four years ago, is taking longer due to the deluge of mail-in ballots that need to be verified,
That means the new council may be seated at the Dec. 20 meeting or else during a special meeting before that date.
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