The red neon sign on Nadia Lockyer's A Street campaign office will stay lit until November.
With nearly 62 percent of precincts reporting, Lockyer holds a 14-point lead over both former state Sen. Liz Figueroa and Union City Mayor Mark Green for a November runoff election for the District 2 seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.
Lockyer's 38 percent tally is far short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff, but amounts to a significant role reversal in name-recognition coming into the race against more seasoned and familiar opponents to voters. Who Lockyer faces in the runoff is yet unknown as of early Wednesday morning.
Figueroa leads Green by a mere 189 votes for second place. The emergence of Green, who hardly spent any money on the campaign and skipped some planned events, is the night's biggest surprise. To some, though, his reputation as a strong retail campaigner is making huge dividends, but at the expense of another challenger.
The night started ominously for Hayward City Councilman Kevin Dowling when the strong showing of Green mixed with a large number of precincts in his own city widely supported Lockyer. Dowling is languishing at 14 percent.