Soria lead evaporates as late Pazin momentum threatens safe Dem Assembly seat

Fresno City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria holds an incredibly narrow, but dwindling lead in her bid for state office.

Soria currently leads former Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin by a 50.3-49.7 margin, as of Wednesday evening. 

That 0.6 percent lead translates to just a 287 vote difference in the battle for Assembly District 27.

Less than 50,000 votes have been recorded so far, according to the California Secretary of State, making it far too early for either candidate to feel confident.

District 27 has nearly 220,000 registered voters. 

On a county by county look, Soria holds a narrow advantage from voters in Fresno and Merced Counties. 

But Pazin holds a nearly four point lead in the 9,000 votes that have been counted so far from Madera County.

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.