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Price overtakes Wiley in latest district attorney election update

Newcomer leads 50.40% to 49.60% -- margin of 2,035 votes
Civil rights attorney Pamela Price (left) and chief assistant district attorney Terry Wiley are set to square off in a runoff election for Alameda County district attorney in November.

Civil rights attorney Pamela Price took her first lead in the Alameda County district attorney race after previously trailing behind her opponent, longtime county prosecutor Terry Wiley, according to Tuesday's updated election results.

Price is now ahead in the race with 50.40% (129,037 votes) to Wiley's 49.60% (127,002 votes).

The margin of votes is now 2,035, according to the update from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office.

She took to Twitter Tuesday night as she pulled ahead in the race for the first time, writing "MADAM DA!! GOD IS GOOD!"

Wiley, chief deputy DA for the county, first took a slim lead over Price on Election Night at 51.68% to 48.32%.

Monday night's election results update showed Wiley maintaining a lead with 51.52% of votes to Price's 48.48% but Price still remained hopeful.

"Todays news is inspiring for Alameda County," Price said in a Tweet after Monday night's election update, which inched her closer to Wiley's lead. "As we expected, my opponent's lead is dwindling and we are confident that when all the ballots have been counted, I will be elected the next DA of Alameda County."

According to the county's election data, the total tally of voter turnout countywide was 31.31%, including vote-by-mail ballots received before Election Day and votes cast in-person. The total number of ballots that were cast as of Tuesday is 291,508.

There is, however, still a chance for Wiley to change the narrative as the county will continue to release daily updated numbers until the results are certified on Dec. 8.

"I am grateful to see so much support for addressing public safety from every direction and I thank every voter who cast a ballot in this election," Wiley told the Weekly before Tuesday's election result update. "We know this will be a long count and we appreciate all of the election workers focusing every day on making sure every ballot is counted accurately."

The contest for district attorney was wide open this year with current District Attorney Nancy O'Malley not seeking reelection in favor of retirement.

The district attorney oversees more than 150 attorneys whose job is to prosecute all criminal, civil and juvenile cases in the county.

They also set policy on jail and prison time and how much incarceration time should be given for cases related to drug use or mental illness.

They also investigate and decide whether or not to criminally charge law enforcement officers accused of misconduct.

Wiley and Price were the frontrunners during a close primary race in June, which ended with Price in the lead with 43.23% of the vote among four on the ballot.

Price said on Twitter that she is grateful for her campaign team and is thankful for all the votes she received, but noted that it is still not over.

"There are still many more ballots to be counted, and in areas that I know we did well in getting our message out," Price said on Monday's Twitter post.

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