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Live Election Day updates in San Diego County

Dispatch from Democrats’ watch party at The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

Just after 8 p.m., Democratic party members began filling Chula Vista councilmember Steve Padilla’s watch party room, greeting each other with smiles and hugs. Music was playing above the chatter and election results were being shown on a projector in the corner of the room.

Down the hall, just outside the party room for the San Diego County Democratic Party, people were greeted by a spread of hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Inside, party leaders began to show election results on a TV near the podium.

As Kent Lee, one of two Democratic candidates for District 6 of the San Diego City Council, arrived, applause erupted. A “Kent” cheer could be heard as he climbed the stairs to the party room.

Mayor Todd Gloria took the stage moments later in the party room with another large applause. “Very simple. The message is: Democrats are delivering in San Diego,” Gloria said.

Mark Arapostathis takes early lead in La Mesa mayor’s race; Laura Lothian looking strong for council seat

Early Election Day results show La Mesa potentially giving its top official a third term, in the first mayoral race since violent protests hit downtown in 2020.

Mark Arapostathis, a teacher and Democrat, is leading Republican Kristine Alessio, a land-use attorney and former council member. Both are 56.

Term limits would make this Arapostathis’ final four years in office.

Read more about races in La Mesa.

Escondido Council incumbents leading, though some narrowly, in early returns

Incumbents had early but often narrow leads in Escondido city hall races Tuesday evening, with three local ballot initiatives showing first-blush signs of passing.

Mayor Paul McNamara held a scant lead over challenger Dane White who is making a play for the inland North County city’s top political job after serving as a trustee of the Escondido Union High School District.

Both candidates have made homelessness top-tier campaign priorities. White says that his personal experience of being “homeless for a period of time” makes him the right person to make progress. McNamara, citing city statistics, has worked to defend his record on the issue, indicating that Escondido has seen the number of unsheltered people drop by one-third during his first term.

Read more Escondido races.

Chavez, Stenberg leading in race to fill two seats on Chula Vista City Council

In the District 1 City Council race in Chula Vista, Carolina Chavez, an economic development director, led Marco Contreras, a local pastor and brokerage company owner, according to early returns Tuesday. The winner will replace Councilmember John McCann, who is running for mayor.

In the District 2 City Council race, Steve Stenberg, a retired firefighter, was ahead of Jose Preciado, an assistant dean at San Diego State University. The winner will replace Councilmember Jill Galvez, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in the June primary.

Attorney Dan Smith was trailing the late Simon Silva, who died September, in the race to become Chula Vista’s new city attorney.

Read more about Chula Vista’s races.

GOP, Democrats notch victories in competitive midterm races

Both parties were notching victories in some of the most competitive races in Tuesday’s midterm elections, with several Democratic incumbents winning key suburban House districts and Republicans holding an open Senate seat in Ohio. Many of the races that could determine control of Congress remained too early to call.

Read more of the latest on Congressional races

Bill Wells ahead in El Cajon mayor’s race, but voters appear skeptical of raising taxes

Bill Wells appears to be headed for a third term leading East County’s largest city, as early Election Day results show the Republican mayor well ahead of his Democratic challenger.

Real estate agent Arnie Levine faces an uphill battle as El Cajon ballots are still being counted.

But voters were skeptical of raising taxes, even as Wells and his City Council colleagues have said the extra money could improve public safety.

Read more about the El Cajon Mayoral race.

Franklin leads in race for Vista mayor

Councilmember John Franklin was leading Cipriano Vargas in his bid to become mayor of Vista, according to early election results Tuesday.

The two candidates are running to replace Judy Ritter, who has served as mayor since 2010.

In the race for the District 4 City Council seat that Franklin has held since 2018, business development manager Dan O’Donnell was leading retired U.S. Navy Capt. Armen Kurdian.

Read more about the Vista Mayoral race.

Kanter leads big, Murray holds slim edge for San Diego Superior Court judge openings

An assistant U.S. attorney and a longtime litigator with stints as a county and state prosecutor were leading the early voting results Tuesday night to fill two open judicial seats in San Diego County.

Federal prosecutor Rebecca Kanter held a wide lead over Mike Murphy, a deputy state attorney general, for San Diego County Superior Court judge Office No. 35.

For Office No. 36, former state and county prosecutor Pete Murray held a narrow lead over San Diego Superior Court Commissioner Peter Singer after the first batch of results were released.

Read more about judicial races.

Early returns show Scott Peters poised to keep House seat

Democratic Rep. Scott Peters, who is seeking a sixth two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives, had a strong lead in early voting for the 50th Congressional District Tuesday over his Republican challenger Corey Gustafson.

The district stretches from Coronado up the coast through La Jolla and then inland to cover Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos and parts of Escondido.

Read more about the 50th Congressional District race.

Tight state Assembly races unfolding in North County

In San Diego County’s two most closely watched state Assembly races, incumbent Democrat Brian Maienschein was narrowly leading and Republican incumbent Laurie Davies was slightly behind in early election results Tuesday night.

All the other local Assembly incumbents were winning their contests handily.

Maienschein, a five-term legislator, had the edge over Republican Kristie Bruce-Lane, a businesswoman and water board member, in the 76th District. It includes San Marcos, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Santa Fe.

Davies, who owns a wedding-planning business and was first elected in 2020, was trailing Chris Duncan, San Clemente’s Democratic mayor pro tem. Their mostly coastal 74th District stretches north from Oceanside and Vista up to Aliso Viejo in Orange County.

Both contests are among about a dozen statewide being watched closely for their possible impacts on the makeup and leadership of the Assembly, where Democrats held 60 of the 80 seats heading into the election. All 80 were up for grabs Tuesday, including seven in San Diego County.

Read more about the state Assembly races.

With solid lead, Weber eyes full term as secretary of state

Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, a Democrat, was comfortably ahead of Republican challenger Robert Bernosky in early returns in her bid to be elected to a full term.

Weber is a former state legislator from San Diego who before going to Sacramento served as a trustee on the San Diego Unified School District board. She was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill the vacant secretary of state position in 2021 after Newsom named her predecessor, Alex Padilla, to the U.S. Senate. She is the first Black woman to serve in that post.

Read more on the secretary of state race

Gunderson leads Blakespear in early results for race in state Senate District 38

Small-business owner Matt Gunderson held a narrow lead over Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear as early results posted in the close contest for state Senate District 38 in coastal North County and southern Orange County.

Some mail-in ballots, the bulk of in-person voting on Tuesday and ballots cast by Americans overseas had not yet been reported as of 8 p.m.

The two candidates were close in polls leading up to the election Tuesday. The district — encompassing part of southern Orange County and the San Diego County communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas and Vista, south to Carmel Valley, La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Mission Beach — was once a Republican stronghold but has narrowly favored Democrats in recent elections.

Gunderson defeated Blakespear in the June Primary election by about 3 points, according to state data.

Read more about the race for state Senate District 38.

See who’s leading in local school board races

School boards approve their school districts’ annual budgets, hire the superintendents, set policies and priorities, decide collective bargaining agreements with school employee unions and more.

Here are the running vote totals for San Diego County’s K-12 and county school board races.

Jordan Marks has early lead against Barbara Bry in Assessor’s race

In early returns Tuesday evening San Diego County chief deputy assessor Jordan Marks was leading in the race for Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk.

Marks is running against former San Diego City Councilwoman Barbara Bry. Marks was set up as a successor to take over for former assessor Ernest Dronenburg, who is retiring after 12 years. The term is four years.

The department has an $81 million budget this fiscal year and has many responsibilities, including appraising real and personal property for tax purposes, processing birth, death and marriage records and fictitious business names.

Read more about the Assessor’s race.

Dan McAllister has big early lead in Treasurer race over Greg Hodosevich

In early returns San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister appeared to be heading toward an easy re-election Tuesday night.

McAllister, who has held the role since 2002, was running against corporate executive Greg Hodosevich. The position is a four-year term and oversees a department that collects more than $7 billion in annual property taxes.

McAllister received the lion’s share of support, with endorsements from The San Diego Union-Tribune, Republican Party of San Diego County, Lincoln Club of San Diego County and others. Hodosevich was endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party.

Read more about the race for county treasure-tax collector.

Paloma Aguirre on track to become Imperial Beach’s first Latina mayor

Councilmember Paloma Aguirre was leading in the three-way contest to become mayor of Imperial Beach, according to early returns Tuesday.

A Democrat, Aguirre would be the first Latina mayor of the county’s southernmost coastal community.

Shirley Nakawatase, a Republican public accountant, came in second place and Jack Fisher, a registered Independent who is serving as the city’s mayor pro temp, followed in third place. Vance Locke, who is on the ballot but did not campaign, came in fourth place.

In the District 1 race, Carol Seabury, a community volunteer led Jen Crumley, a small business owner. In District 3, Mitchell McKay, a retired aerospace engineer, was ahead of Anna Web, a business consultant.

Read more about the Imperial Beach mayoral race.

Alex Padilla makes history as first Latino elected to U.S. Senate from California

Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla made history again Tuesday night when he became the first Latino to be elected to represent California in the U.S. Senate.

The 49-year-old broke a barrier in 2021 when he was sworn in to fill Kamala Harris’ seat after she became vice president. His appointment by Gov. Gavin Newsom was celebrated as providing representation for the large and growing Latino population in the state. On Tuesday, voters chose Padilla to complete Harris’ term through Jan. 3 as well as for a full six-year term of his own. In both elections, he defeated GOP attorney Mark Meuser.

“We have a hell of a fight ahead of us, and I’m heading back to the Senate ready to help lead that fight,” Padilla said, adding that he would prioritize job creation, climate change, immigration reform, reproductive rights and the protection of Social Security and Medicare.

Read more about Padilla’s historic win.

Incumbents leading in San Diego County supervisors’ races

Incumbent county Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Jim Desmond held commanding leads against their challengers Amy Reichert and Tiffany Boyd-Hodgson in the races for county supervisors for the fourth and fifth county districts, according to early election returns released shortly after polls closed Tuesday.

A cannabis tax on businesses in the unincorporated county measure was winning by a large margin.

Read more about the supervisor races and the proposed cannabis tax.

Democrat Cody Petterson ahead in San Diego Unified school board race; bond Measure U leads

Teachers union-backed Democrat Cody Petterson was leading over Republican Becca Williams according to early returns Tuesday night, in a highly-contested and unusually partisan San Diego Unified School Board race that has seen more than half a million dollars of combined campaign spending.

Meanwhile, San Diego Unified’s $3.2 billion school bond Measure U — which would build the district’s first affordable housing for employees — was leading according to early returns, with more than the 55 percent voting threshold needed to pass.

And Shana Hazan, a nonprofit consultant and district parent backed by the teachers union and many elected officials, was leading over retired principal Godwin Higa for a second seat on the school board.

Read more about the San Diego Unified School Board election.

Lee leading Hough in San Diego’s hottest City Council runoff; Dems likely to have 9-0 majority

Kent Lee had a solid lead over fellow Democrat Tommy Hough in early returns in San Diego’s hottest City Council runoff, a campaign focused on the city’s housing crisis and whether District 6 should be represented by someone of Asian descent.

Lee supports the city’s ongoing efforts to allow dense housing projects along existing transportation routes, including major streets and trolley lines. Hough contends those efforts have been damaging neighborhood character.

If Lee wins, he would be an Asian American representing the city’s most heavily Asian council district. Redrawn boundaries last winter raised the share of Asians above 40 percent of the population of the district, which includes Mira Mesa and University City.

The results of the race, regardless of whether Lee or Hough wins, could give Democrats a 9-0 council majority for the first time. The winner will replace Republican Chris Cate, who couldn’t run for reelection because of term limits.

Read more about the race for District 6.

Newsom wins second term as California’s governor

Democrat Gavin Newsom easily won a second term as California’s governor on Tuesday, beating a little-known Republican state senator by mostly ignoring him while campaigning against the policies of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, two leading Republicans who like Newsom may run for president.

It was the second decisive statewide victory for Newsom in barely a year. In September 2021, he easily beat back an attempt to kick him out of office that was fueled by anger over his pandemic policies. The failed recall solidified Newsom’s political power in California, leaving him free to focus on the future — which many expect will include a run for the White House.

Read more on Newsom’s victory

Early returns highlight uncertainty for Measure C, which aims to lift the height limit in the Midway District

San Diego voters have mixed feelings about Measure C, the initiative that aims to lift the 30-foot building height limit in the Midway District and pave the way for the redevelopment, according to early returns from the Registrar of Voters.

Measure C proposes to strike the entirety of the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Plan area from San Diego’s Coastal Height Limit Overlay Zone, which was originally established by Proposition D in 1972. An identical measure, Measure E, was approved by 57 percent of voters in 2020 but deemed illegal by the court last year.

North of downtown, the Midway District is perhaps, best known for its aging sports arena, large military bases, congested thoroughfares and strip malls. The 1,324-acre region — sandwiched between the freeway, airport, San Diego River and Point Loma — has a small residential community. The area is home to approximately 4,600 people who reside in 1,982 housing units, nearly all of which are apartments or condos, according to the community plan that was approved in 2018.

Read more about Measure C.

Measure B vote is extremely close after early ballot count

Early election returns Tuesday night showed an extremely close vote over a ballot measure that would end no-fee trash pickup for single-family homes in San Diego.

At 8 p.m., early votes indicated 50.61 percent of voters opposed Measure B, while 49.39 percent of voters supported it. More voting results are expected around 10 p.m.

The initiative needs support from a simple majority of voters.

Supporters say Measure B is all about fairness, stressing that the city’s two-tiered trash system forces businesses and residents of apartments and condos to pay private haulers to pick up their trash, while single-family homeowners pay nothing beyond their property taxes.

Critics of Measure B generally don’t dispute that the two-tiered system is unfair, but they say a better solution than a new fee for single-family homes would be expanding no-fee service by the city to condos and apartments — allowing them to stop using private haulers.

Read more about Measure B here.

McCann leading over Campa-Najjar in race for Chula Vista mayor

Chula Vista Councilmember John McCann led businessman Ammar Campa-Najjar in the race to lead San Diego County’s second-largest city, early results showed Tuesday.

McCann, a Republican, is a four-term City Council member. Campa-Najjar, a Democrat, owns a public affairs firm.

The winner will replace Mayor Mary Casillas Salas, who is termed out and barred from re-election. The mayor serves a four-year term and earns an annual salary of about $151,000.

Read more about the race for Chula Vista’s mayor.

Martinez takes sizable early lead over Hemmerling in bid to be next San Diego County sheriff

In the race to be the county’s next sheriff, Undersheriff Kelly Martinez took a sizable early lead over former prosecutor John Hemmerling in the first batch of election results released Tuesday evening.

The winner of this year’s election will shape a law enforcement agency that has been grappling with record numbers of jail deaths, staffing problems and an uptick in crime, as well as its own data indicating racial bias in stops and searches.

Martinez rose through the department to become the county’s undersheriff last year. Hemmerling recently retired as chief of the San Diego city attorney’s criminal prosecutions unit.

The first set of results released by the county Registrar of Voters includes mail ballots received before Election Day and from early ballots cast at voting centers, which opened Oct. 29. Subsequent results posted on election night will be from votes cast on Election Day only.

Read more about the race for Sheriff.

With Levin leading, Democrats again poised to dominate congressional elections in San Diego

Incumbent Rep. Mike Levin, a Democrat, held a thin lead over Republican Brian Maryott Tuesday night in the race for the newly redrawn 49th Congressional District. Early voting results posted at 8 p.m. showed Levin leading 58.6 percent to 41.34 percent.

Levin, of San Juan Capistrano, is seeking a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives in one of several closely watched contests that will decide whether Democrats can hold onto their majority in the House.

The race is a rematch of the 2020 general election when Levin bested Maryott by 6 percentage points. However, the redrawn district — which stretches from Del Mar up through Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside and into San Clemente in Orange County — now leans slightly more conservative. Democrats still have a 3 percentage point advantage in voter registration.

Maryott, a former mayor of San Juan Capistrano, has touted his background as a financial planner. Like nearly all Republican candidates this year, he’s pledged to take on inflation while accusing this opponent of reckless federal spending. He’s also a big proponent of expanding natural gas production.

Local candidates, politicians gather for election night

County candidates and politicians gathered at several spots in downtown San Diego to watch election night results roll in.

The mood was light at the US Grant as the party room started to fill up around 7:30 p.m. Former City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, wearing headphones and working on a laptop, spoke about the importance of local elections.

“In local elections, your vote absolutely counts,” he said to the room in brief remarks.

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer walked in a few minutes earlier and a TV reporter beelined for him. Earlier, Brian Jones, a Republican candidate for state Senate District 40, was surrounded by supporters waving posters and chanting his name.

Meanwhile, in the lobby, a pianist is playing jazz and people are casting glances at results on big screen TVs set to FOX and CNN.

Just a few blocks away, as the polls in San Diego neared close, the party room at the Westin Hotel in Downtown began to liven.

Reporters who’d be awaiting the action began to test equipment.

Downstairs in the lobby, people chatted happily and sipped drinks at the bar as they, too, watched TV feeds of election results — along with college football.

What to expect from San Diego County early voting results at 8 p.m.

The first round of election night results drop after 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Registrar of Voters, but the total tally of early votes will not be finalized until all ballots are counted.

Results in the first drop will include mail ballots and ballots dropped off at vote centers from Oct. 29 through Monday. The registrar said subsequent results will only include votes cast on Election Day and there will be no more updates to mail ballots Tuesday night.

While poll workers pack up supplies and drive in from the county’s 218 vote centers, there will be a slight delay in results, the registrar said.

The final unofficial election night results may not come in until midnight or 1 a.m. and will only cover the ballots that could be counted immediately.

Read more about the ballot-counting process.

See the latest election results.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders 1st woman elected Arkansas governor

Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was elected Arkansas governor on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to lead the state and the highest profile Trump administration official in elected office.

Sanders defeated Democratic nominee Chris Jones in the race for governor in her predominantly Republican home state, where former President Donald Trump remains popular. Sanders had been heavily favored to win the race, which also included Libertarian nominee Ricky Dale Harrington.

Sanders shattered state fundraising records with her campaign, which focused primarily on national issues. Sanders, the daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee, regularly promised to use the office to fight President Joe Biden and the “radical left.”

Sanders succeeds Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is leaving office in January due to term limits. Hutchinson, who endorsed Sanders’ bid, is considering running for president in 2024 and has frequently split with Trump.

Read more about Huckabee Sanders’ victory.

Voting snag in Arizona fuels election conspiracy theories

A printing malfunction at about one-quarter of the polling places across Arizona’s most populous county slowed down voting Tuesday, but election officials assured voters that every ballot would be counted.

Still, the issue at 60 of 223 vote centers in Maricopa County gave rise to conspiracy theories about the integrity of the vote in the pivotal state. Former President Donald Trump, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and others weighed in to claim that Democrats were trying to subvert the vote of Republicans, who tend to show up in greater numbers in person on Election Day.

Lake and several other candidates on the Arizona ballot have pushed false claims about the 2020 presidential race, amplifying Trump’s lies about a stolen election. But election officials from both political parties and members of Trump’s own Cabinet have said there was no widespread voter fraud and that Trump lost reelection to Democrat Joe Biden.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Ryan denied a request from Republicans to keep the polls open, saying that he didn’t see evidence that people were not allowed to vote.

The county recorder, Republican Stephen Richer, said he was sorry for the inconvenience.

Read more about voting troubles in Maricopa County.

Some Election Day voters reporting long waits in San Diego County

Some voters at San Diego State University said they waited two hours to cast their ballots.

The vote center received extra ballot marking devices in the afternoon to ease demand.

Democrats beat Trump-backed GOP candidates in liberal states

Democrats easily repelled Republicans backed by former President Donald Trump in several left-leaning states Tuesday, while tougher tests that could decide control of Congress and the future of Joe Biden’s presidency awaited in more competitive territory.

Despite their liberal history, states like Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois have elected moderate Republican governors in the past. But the Republicans this year appeared to be too conservative in these states, handing Democrats easy victories in a year that could otherwise prove difficult for the party.

Massachusetts and Maryland also saw historic firsts: Democrat Maura Healey became the first openly gay person and first woman elected as Massachusetts’ governor and Wes Moore became the first Black governor of Maryland. Incumbent Gov. J.B. Pritzker held on to his job in Illinois.

In Florida, a state that was once a battleground but has become increasingly Republican, Gov. Ron DeSantis won a second term, defeating Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, a former congressman. The victory continues DeSantis’ rise as a national Republican star as he eyes a possible 2024 White House run that could leave him well positioned to be a GOP primary alternative to Donald Trump. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also won reelection, fending off a challenge from Democrat Val Demings and further illustrating the state’s rightward shift.

Read more about which candidates are taking the lead.

1st Gen Z candidate, Dem Frost wins Florida US House seat

Democrat Maxwell Alejandro Frost has defeated Republican Calvin Wimbish for a Florida U.S. House seat, making him the first member of Generation Z to win a seat in Congress.

Frost, a 25-year-old gun reform and social justice activist, ran in a heavily blue Orlando-area district being relinquished by Democratic Rep. Val Demings, who challenged Republican Sen. Marco Rubio this year.

Frost is a former March For Our Lives organizer seeking stricter gun control laws and has stressed opposition to restrictions on abortion rights. Generation Z generally refers to those born between the late 1990s to early 2010s. To become a member of Congress, candidates must be at least 25 years old.

Read more about Frost’s victory.

Election scrutiny high, but U.S. votes without major hitches

Americans voted without major problems Tuesday in midterm elections that drew intense scrutiny after two years of false claims and conspiracy theories about how ballots are cast and counted.

With polls open across the country, no widespread problems with ballots, long lines or voter intimidation were reported, though there were hiccups in some places, which is typical on any Election Day.

One hitch garnered outsized attention: Vote tabulators malfunctioned in 20% of polling places in Arizona’s most populous county that includes Phoenix. While election officials assured the public that every vote in Maricopa County would be counted, the issue prompted an outcry from Republicans in a state where elections for governor and U.S. Senate are expected to be close and where skepticism of election systems has run deep within the GOP since 2020.

Elsewhere, some voting sites in North Carolina were delayed in opening because workers showed up late, and officials extended voting hours there. And in one Pennsylvania county, polling places scrambled to replenish low supplies of paper ballots.

Read more about voting in the Midterm Election.

Control of Congress, governorships at stake; polls closing

A fierce competition for control of Congress along with dozens of governors’ mansions and key election posts was unfolding Tuesday as polls began closing in several closely watched states along the East Coast.

In Georgia, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker were vying for a seat that could determine control of the Senate. GOP Gov. Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams were meeting for a rematch of their marquee 2018 campaign. The candidates must win at least 50% of the vote to avoid a December runoff.

Meanwhile, in Virginia, Democratic Reps. Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria were fending off spirited Republican opponents. The results there could serve as early signals of where the U.S. House majority is heading as Republicans hope to reclaim suburban districts that shifted to Democrats during Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency.

Read more about polls closing along the East Coast.

Voters get drenched by Election Day storm

Voters got drenched Tuesday by a blustery Election Day storm that dropped 1 to 4 inches of rain across San Diego County by late afternoon and was expected to push totals far higher by early Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said the system, which drew moisture from the sub-tropics, was likely to slam the county from roughly 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, or two hours after polls will close.

The downpour was forecast to be especially strong in Escondido, Valley Center, Fallbrook, Bonsall, Julian, Pine Valley, and on the western face of Palomar Mountain, where winds gusted more than 60 mph.

“Rainfall totals will be impressive by the time this is over,” said Liz Schenk, a weather service forecaster.

Read more about the weather forecast for Election Day.

How to cast your midterm election ballot in San Diego County

All registered California voters should receive a ballot in the mail. Ballots were mailed to voters on or before Monday, Oct. 10.

There are several options for how to return that ballot.

Ballot drop boxes opened Tuesday, Oct. 11, so voters can start voting and returning these ballots as soon as they are received.

All California mail ballots include a return envelope with prepaid postage. Ballots will be counted as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day and received by Nov. 15.

In San Diego County, you also have the option to vote in person during the 10 days leading up to Election Day. Visit CAEarlyVoting.sos.ca.gov or call (800) 345-VOTE (8683) to learn more.

On Election Day, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Read more about how to vote in San Diego County.