McCann, Padilla tie for Chula Vista council seat

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- John McCann and Steve Padilla are tied for Chula Vista City Council seat, with 100 percent of the votes accounted for.

Each candidate has received 18,450 votes.

"We have maybe 100 votes left to count county-wide, but I don’t believe any of them involve the Chula Vista race,” said Michael Vu of the San Diego Registrar of Voters.

John Mccann and Steve Padilla are waiting to see what happens next, but the race could be won or lost by one vote that could have been misplaced.

“It’s very rare to have a tie," Vu said. "I think I’ve heard of it happening one other time locally. It’s up to the cities to flip a coin or play poker or something that is agreed on."

If the race remains tied, the registrar will perform reconciliation, which means they will comb through every vote that’s been cast to verify the ballots authenticity.

Vu said he does not expect to see a tie.

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