CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Hugh Bussell’s small lead over State Sen. Ellen Corbett for a spot in the November General Election against Rep. Eric Swalwell is holding firm. As of Monday morning, Bussell, a Republican from Livermore who spent just a few thousand dollars to win over 26 percent of the primary voters last week, leads Corbett by 721 votes.

On Friday, despite gaining some votes in Alameda County, Corbett’s deficit grew after results from Contra Costa County were submitted to the Secretary of State’s web site. Last Wednesday morning the spread was just 610 votes between Bussell and Corbett. The election is not official, but the number of uncounted ballots are dwindling. But, beforehand, very few expected Corbett to place outside of the top two.

Although Contra Costa County represents a small portion of the 15th Congressional District covering Tri Valley to Hayward and Fremont, Corbett’s poor performance goes far in explaining her surprisingly poor performance in the June primary. Bussell holds a 1,371 vote advantage here amounting to a 15-point spread between the candidates.

To compound matter, Corbett’s poor results in Alameda County, where she has represented for the last 14 years, represents only a one-point advantage over Bussell, or 650 votes. Swalwell’s results in both counties, in fact, are very similar. He won the primary with 49.3 percent of the vote, through Monday.