Well, technically, Los Angeles County still has one more round of vote tallying left, which will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, November 26, after which time presumably all the county’s ballots will be officially counted, and a winner will be declared for the office of Los Angeles County Sheriff.
According to the latest vote tally posted on Friday evening (as those readers who are doing their own check-in with the relevant page of the county’s Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s site already know), challenger Alex Villanueva is now 105,036 votes ahead of incumbent sheriff Jim McDonnell, with only 185,000 votes—give or take– left to count.
In other words, short of an asteroid arriving in, say, Lancaster on Sunday carrying with it a large cache of previously uncounted ballots, or some other unexpected force majeure of that nature of that nature, Villanueva, the once dark horse candidate who, at the beginning, few gave much of a chance, will be the 33rd Los Angeles County Sheriff.
More on Monday!
The photos above of Villanueva with Mayor Eric Garcetti, and of McDonnell with singer Pharrell Williams, were taken at the annual Thanksgiving dinner on Skid Row sponsored yearly by the Los Angeles Mission, and were featured on Villanueva’s and McDonnell’s respective Twitter feeds.