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Counted Ballots Point To Balbuena-Murrison Runoff

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Sonora, CA — The results are in regarding the District three Supervisors race; however they are still unofficial according to Tuolumne County Clerk Deborah Russell.

After adding the results of more than 50 provisional ballots to the existing numbers, Russell says it looks like Phil Balbuena will be going up against Teri Murrison in a runoff race in November.

The additional ballots increased Balbuena´s lead over Ron Hamilton by only one vote, totaling 16 that separate the two.

Russell says that the results are still unofficial due to a state required one percent hand count that will not be completed for the next couple of weeks.

With all of the ballots counted, Murrison ended up with 1,131 votes, Balbuena got 546, and Hamilton finished with 530.

Written by Sabrina Sabbagh