Warnke pulls ahead in sheriff's race

10:20 p.m. 

With 125 of 126 precincts reporting, Vern Warnke has pulled ahead of Pat Lunney in the sheriff's race, 34.15 to 32.98 percent.

Merced County District 3 Supervisor Linn Davis was voted out of office in Tuesday’s primary election after just one term in office.

The incumbent was beat by two of his three opponents, Merced City Councilman and former police chief Tony Dossetti, 64, and Atwater businessman Daron McDaniel, 49. The two will face off in November for the seat on the Board of Supervisors.

With 23 out of 23 precincts reporting, Dossetti finished first with 39.03 percent and McDaniel was second with 33.75 percent. Davis finished in third place, earning 19.98 percent. William Snyder III trailed in fourth place with 6.86 percent.

According to early results, with 50 of 50 precincts reporting, Mearsure M, the Board measure for schools in the Merced City School District, has passed with 56 percent support, compared to 43 percent opposed. 

10 p.m.

With 103 of 126 precincts reporting, Lunney and Warnke are now nearly tied in the sheriff's race, with Lunney barely leading at 6,170 votes (33.84 percent) compared to Warnke's 6,130 votes (33.62).

9:40 p.m.

With 72 of 126 precincts reporting, the gap between Pat Lunney and Vern Warnke is closing in the sheriff's race, 34.2 percent to 32.7 percent of votes respectively. Frank Swiggart is third at 26 percent, while Jim Soria trails at 6.7 percent.

Tony Dossetti continues to lead the pack in the District 3 supervisors race at 38.7 percent. Daron McDaniel follows with 33.1 percent. Incumbent Linn Davis has 20.5 percent, while William Snyder has 7.1 percent.

Karen Adams leads in the Treasurer Tax Collector race with 55 percent, compared to Richard St. Marie's 44 percent. 

Measure M has 56 percent supporting, 43 percent against. 

8:39 p.m. 

According to updated write-in ballot numbers, Pat Lunney leads the sheriff's race with 36.5 percent of the vote, followed by Vern Warnke at 30.2 percent, Frank Swiggart at 26 percent and Jim Soria at 7 percent.

In the Treasurer Tax-Collector race, Karen Adams leads Richard St. Marie 56 to 43 percent. In the District 3 Supervisor race Tony Dossetti is ahead with 40.6 percent of the vote, followed by Daron McDaniel at 30.2 percent, Linn Davis has 21.5 percent while William Snyder has 7.1. percent.



8:20 p.m.

Early returns from vote by mail ballots are in. Thus far, in the Merced County sheriff's race Pat Lunney is ahead with 37 percent of the vote. Vern Warnke is second at 29.5 percent, Frank Swiggart is third at 25.78 and Jim Soria trials at 7.23 percent.

In the Merced County Supervisor District 3 race Tony Dossetti leads at 40.7 percent, followed by Daron McDaniel at 30 percent. Incumbent Linn Davis has 21.5 percent, while William Snyder has 7.25 percent.

In the Treasurer Tax Collector race Karen Adams leads at 56.2 percent, while opponent Richard St. Marie is at 43.35 percent. 

6:15 p.m.

With less than two hours left before the polls close, Merced County officials say the voter turnout has been disappointing.

“I’m hearing that it’s been pretty quiet and a very low turnout,” said Merced County Registrar of Voters Barbara Levey. “We do sometimes see a spike when people get off work, so I’m hoping things will pick up. I’m looking at an empty polling location right now, but I’m hoping it will pick up.”

Levey said officials are still processing vote-by-mail ballots, but they have received only 28 percent of vote-by-mail ballots thus far. There are 37,993 people registered to vote by mail, officials said. The total number of registered voters countywide is 94,779.

County officials hoped turnout would be better Tuesday because of the Merced County Sheriff’s race, but Levey said many other parts of California are also experiencing low turnout.

“I have heard that people get a little apathetic about the primary and are more interested in the November election,” Levey said, “but what we’re seeing is consistent with what we’re seeing up-and-down the state.”

In the June 2010 primary election, overall voter turnout in Merced County was recorded as 27.49 percent.

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