UPDATE 11/9/22 RIDGECREST UNDECIDED: The Daily Independent Is Wrong To Call Bruen The Winner

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Update 11/9/22 8:49 p.m. The Daily Independent Is Wrong To Call Bruen The Winner

Dear Daily Independent,

No, Bruen has not been re-elected, and Measure “P” has not passed. (Yet)

Mayor Eric Bruen has won re-election and Measure P has passed, according to the unofficial final results from the Kern County Elections Division, posted at 2:14 a.m. Wednesday.

Bruen had 1,298 votes, 56.21%, while Thomas Wiknich had 1,011 votes, 43.79%. Write-in candidate John “JD” Zipp had none.

Loren Scott Hayman led all vote-getters for city council with 1,124 votes, 29.92%, while John “Skip” Gorman had 1,066, 28.37%. The top two win election. Following were Christopher Ellis with 975 votes, 25.95%, and Scott Miller with 592 votes, 15.76%.

The Daily Independent, November 9, 2022

Update from ABC 23 in Bakersfield (emphasis ours)

When asked if there was a possibility that election results could change, Mary Bedard, the Kern County Registrar of Voters, had this to say.

“Oh definitely, we have a very small percentage of the vote count. We don’t know the turnout yet at this point, but the majority of the votes still have not been counted.

Bedard, who oversees the Kern County elections, says that the count is incomplete despite staying up until almost 3 a.m. the day after the election counting ballots.

“Simply we finished counting the ballots cast at the polls yesterday,” explained Bedard. “We are not done “


UPDATE 11/9/22 4:30 p.m.

U.S. Representative 20th Congressional District – Vote For 1
Completed Precincts: 372 of 372VOTE COUNTPERCENTAGE
MARISA WOOD – DEM992428.76%

Kern County Elections Department: “Tens of thousands of ballots” to be counted. Check back at the end of the day for updates.


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