With polls closing in just about three hours, exit polls conducted by TurlockCityNews.com are showing some tight-knit races, with others putting distance between themselves and their opponents.
As of 4 p.m., 77 Turlock voters have taken TurlockCityNews.com’s exit poll at several locations around Turlock, including the Salvation Army, Our Lady of Peace, Oak Park Apartments, Turlock Unified School District building, Cornerstone Covenant Church, among other.
The Turlock City Council race, which has five candidates vying for two seats, is currently in a tight race between the two incumbents and a newcomer, who leads according to exit polling.
Matthew Jacob currently leads the Council race with 32.2 percent (40 of 124 votes), with incumbents Bill DeHart and Forrest White battling for the second spot with 30 votes, or 24.2 percent, each. Donald Babadalir is behind with 14 votes, or 11.3 percent, and Sergio Alvarado is at 10 votes, or 8.1 percent.
The top-two vote-getters from the City Council race will win the two seats.
In the Mayoral race, Gary Soiseth has extended his lead over Mike Brem, with exit polls showing Soiseth receiving 61.8 percent of the 76 votes; Brem is at 38.2 percent.
Measure B, the half-cent sales tax dedicated to Turlock roads, is not passing according to TurlockCityNews.com exit polls. The tax has received 41 yes votes of the total 72 casted by surveyors, giving it a 56.9 percent. A two-thirds, or 66.7 percent, approval vote is need for the tax to pass.
Little has changed since the early exit polls results, other than Jacob taking DeHart as the top Council vote-getter.
You still have a chance to cast your vote! Polls close at 8 p.m.!
If you’re still on the fence about specific races, head to TurlockCityNews.com/Politics for all of the up-to-date election coverage. You can read a the candidate bios for both Turlock Mayoral candidates and all five City Council candidates here.
Stay tuned to TurlockCityNews.com for updates on the exit polls, as well as the release of results shortly after the polls close.