Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueva has pulled ahead of incumbent Sheriff Jim McDonnell by 57,810 votes in the Nov. 6 general election, according to the provisional and mail-in ballot count update released by the county registrar Friday afternoon.
After Election Day, as of Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 4:56 a.m. — before any outstanding ballots were counted — Villanueva led by 4,927 votes with all 4,728 county precincts reporting.
Villanueva had 820,333 votes (50.15 percent) to McDonnell’s 815,406 votes (49.85 percent).
In the county registrar’s first round of counting provisional and mail-in ballots, as of Friday afternoon, Nov. 9, Villanueva’s lead was cut to 335 votes, with 867,964 (or 50.01 percent) to McDonnell’s 867,629 (or 49.99 percent).
Now, one week later, Nov. 16, Villanueva has 1,112,673 (51.33 percent) votes to 1,054,863 (48.67 percent) for McDonnell, a difference of 57,810 votes.
The registrar’s next ballot count update is scheduled for Tuesday, with further updates slated for Tuesdays and Fridays until every vote is counted.