Even with some 930 provisional ballots that still need to be counted, West Hollywood City Council challenging candidate John D'Amico has ousted appointed council member Lindsey Horvath, according to political consultants who talked with L.A. Weekly.
Longtime incumbents Abbe Land and John Heilman have likely won re-election.
“Anything is possible,” says Republican political strategist Reed Galen, but adds that it will be extremely difficult for fourth place candidate Steve Martin to make up more than 300 votes to take over Heilman. Horvath is currently in fifth place and out of the running.
As of now, longtime incumbent Abbe Land leads with 2,548 votes. Challenger John D'Amico, who's been considered the front-runner among the non-incumbent candidates, stands in second place with 2,471 votes. 26-year incumbent John Heilman is in third with 2,359 votes.
Behind Heilman, former City Councilman and challenger Steve Martin has 2,026 votes. In fifth place, Horvath has 1,902 votes — more than 500 votes behind D'Amico.
Republican political consultant Matt Klink says that with more than three hundred votes between Heilman and Martin, making up that difference with 930 ballots will be very difficult. “That's quite a bit,” he says.
The same is especially true for Horvath's 500-vote deficit.
Galen and Klink say that it's very likely that voting patterns with the provisional ballots will remain the same, and Land, D'Amico, and Heilman will stay in the top three positions.
Three seats were up for grabs in last night's hotly contested West Hollywood City Council election.
According to the West Hollywood City Clerk's Office, 930 provisional ballots need to be verified and counted. A final tally probably won't take place until Thursday at the earliest.
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