Congressional District 2 candidates play waiting game

The tight race for U.S. Congressional District 2 remains just that—a tight race. Jeff Morris, Trinity County supervisor, placed first in the June 3 election for the Democratic nomination, but by less than 1 percentage point. That doesn’t include mail-in ballots that have yet to be counted. Just behind is A.J. Sekhon, a physician in Yuba City.

Counties have 28 days after an election to report all votes, including mail-in ballots, to the secretary of state, Debra Bowen, whose office then has a few days to process the results. Should Sekhon narrow the margin to a half-percent or lower, a recount will be automatic. He could also request a recount if he remains less than one point behind Morris.

So, unless someone decides to concede, we’ll have to wait for final results to be announced, which could be next week or next month, depending on how long counties take to tally their votes.

“I’m living in uncertainty,” Morris said by phone Wednesday (June 11). “We’re moving forward with our planning process so we don’t get behind, and we’re staying hopeful.”