Honda Almost Declares Victory With Uncounted Ballots Remaining

CONGRESS | DISTRICT 17 | Rep. Mike Honda’s campaign is almost declaring victory after Election Night results put the seven-time congressman in position to stave off his heavily-funded opponent, Ro Khanna.

Results in the 17th Congressional District, spread across two counties, gave Honda more than a four point advantage. Thousands of late returning vote-by-mail ballot remain to be counted in both Alameda and Santa Clara Counties.

With all precincts in, Honda holds 52.2 percent of the vote to Khanna’s 47.8 percent.

“With the information available it appears that the voters have made their decision to keep Congressman Honda as their Representative in recognition of his work delivering for the District,” Honda’s campaign said in a statement Wednesday.

However, we respect the work of the County Elections Departments in Alameda and Santa Clara and will wait to find out how many votes remain to be counted before making an announcement about the results.”

Khanna’s campaign, which closed a 20-point deficit following the June Primary, said they are encouraged by returns trending toward Khanna. Leah Cowan, campaign manager for Khanna’s campaign said the race “is far from over.”

UPDATE: Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters added a small batch of 4,865 ballots to its total Wednesday afternoon. The new totals, however, show little promise for a Khanna comeback. The percentage of voters supporting Honda in today’s’ update was actually higher than the current tally at 53.9 percent.