72nd Assembly District candidate Travis Allen inched closer earning a spot on the November ballot Wednesday, but the primary race remains too close to call.
Allen, a financial planner and Republican from Huntington Beach is vying with Garden Grove Planning Commissioner Joe Dovinh, a Democrat, for the chance to go up against Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar in November.
Edgar, a Republican, was the clear frontrunner in Tuesday’s primary race with 28.5 percent of the vote. But Allen edged out Dovinh Tuesday by 228 votes, less than a percentage point difference. As absentee and provisional ballots were added to the tally Wednesday, Allen’s lead grew to 365 votes.
According to Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley, there are still about 17,000 ballots left to count in the race. It will take roughly a week to complete the count, said Kelley. A total of about 60,000 people voted in the race.
Dovinh has said he won’t concede until all the ballots have been counted.