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As vote counting continues, new numbers show two closely watched Ventura County races remain tight

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Some races from Tuesday's election still remain up in the air on the Central, South Coasts, with votes still being counted.

Less than two percentage points separate candidates in Ventura County's Second District supervisorial race. Elsewhere, 90 votes are the different in Ojai's Mayoral race.

While most election contests on the Central and South Coasts appear to be settled, there are still a few that are up in the air.

One of the biggest question marks is in Ventura County, for the Second District Supervisorial seat. Former State Assemblyman Jeff Gorrell is leading longtime Thousand Oaks City Councilwoman Claudia Bill de la Pena by just over one percent.

Numbers updated Thursday afternoon show Gorrell with 50.51% of the vote, to Bill de La Pena’s 49.49%. As mail in ballots continue to be counted, Gorrell’s lead increased by a few dozen votes, to a 484 vote lead.

Meanwhile, the Ojai Mayor’s race also remains tight. The latest numbers show that actor Anson Williams has a less than three percent lead over incumbent Elizabeth Stix. Williams currently has 90 more votes than Stix. With mail in ballots still coming in, it could be next week before we know who won the two Ventura County races.

Santa Barbara County isn’t expected to release updated numbers until next week.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.