CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | One of the most closely-watched House races in the country is about to receive even more attention. In a surprising turn of events, Tuesday night's primary between Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna is a virtual tie, with just over half of the ballots counted in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties.
After Honda began the night with an already small lead, Khanna overtook him shortly after midnight by just 87 votes. The lead translates to a 0.01 percentage point lead for Khanna, 38.2 percent to Honda's 38.1 percent.
Regardless of the outcome, Honda and Khanna are assured a rematch of their 2014 general election campaigns. However, the deadlocked primary is sure to raise alarms for the Honda campaign and the local Democratic Party establishment.
Early Wednesday morning, Republicans Peter Kuo and Ron Cohen were also battling it out throughout the evening for a distant third. Kuo earned 9 percent of the vote, with Cohen following at just over 8 percent. San Jose Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio was fifth at 4 percent with Kennita Watson at 2 percent.
Honda's campaign acknowledged the tight primary race shortly after vote-by-mail ballot results were released after 8 p.m.
"With individuals ready to trample on the middle class bank rolling my opponent's campaign, we know that this is going to be one of the closest Congressional races in the country," said a defiant Honda. "I am ready to fight tooth and nail between now and November 8th."