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Danon concedes to Roberts; Peters extends lead over Bilbray

COAST CITIES — As absentee and provisional ballots continue to be counted, the margin has widened between candidates in two races. 

After all precincts reported results in the Nov. 6 election, Dave Roberts led Steve Danon by 1,895 votes in the race for the District 3 seat on the County Board of Supervisors. But nearly half a million absentee and provisional ballots — 75,000 of them in District 3 — remained uncounted.

As of 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, Roberts’ lead had grown to 2,796.

Danon said he called Roberts early Nov. 15 “to wish him congratulations.”

“I sincerely wish him the very best,” Danon said. “I know he will use the office as a tool for change. He ran a very spirited race.”

Danon, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray, said he was proud of the campaign he ran and he plans to continue to be involved in his community.

“I am very humbled to be the supervisor-elect,” Roberts said. “I had a very good conversation with Mr. Danon. We hope to be able to work together on some issues for the good of San Diego. I’m looking forward to taking office and getting to work.”

In the contest for the U.S. House of Representatives 52nd District, Democrat Scott Peters led incumbent Bilbray by only 685 votes on election night. Since then, his lead has grown to 2,948. “It’s not turning the way we want, but we want every vote to be counted,” said Tom Mitchell, Bilbray’s communications director. “Only then will this election be over.”