— Update —
Third District Candidate Joan Hartmann has pulled in front of Porter with 6,553 votes or 42.77 percent with all the precincts reporting according to SBCvote.com.
Porter is now in second with 5,446 votes or 35.4 percent of the vote.
Starting the campaign from scratch and learning about all the towns that make up the third district in Santa Barbara County has been the greatest opportunity for candidate Bruce Porter during his candidacy.
“It’s amazing how diverse our district is and what all the issues for each town and area. I believe I have the background and the experience to help everyone in our district,” Porter said at his campaign headquarters in Santa Ynez.
Porter held a party at his headquarters as the election results were coming in with a large screen displaying the early results of mail in ballots.
Porter so far has 3,422 votes, or 42.17 percent, followed by Joan Hartmann with 3,118, or 38.42 percent of the vote, according to SBCVote.com of the County Elections Office.
This is the largest field of candidates in the county election with Bob Field, Jay Freeman, Joan Hartmann, Karen Jones and Bruce Porter all vying for the seat vacated by outgoing Supervisor Doreen Farr. If Porter earns 50 percent plus one he will be the winner. If not then the top two candidates will move to the November election.
The First and Fourth District elections are two-candidate races and should be decided in this primary election. Results thus far are Das Williams in the lead for First District with 57 percent and Jennifer Christensen with 42 percent and in the Fourth District Peter Adam ran away with more than 70 percent and Eduardo Ozeta only with 29 percent of the vote.