The total votes for the two Cupertino City Council winners drew closer once all the mail-in ballots were counted pulling newcomer Rod Sinks within 143 votes of incumbent Gilbert Wong, the city's current mayor.
Not 2005 has a race been so close between top vote-getters when Patrick Kwok edged out Dolly Sandoval by 108 votes for overall winner in the election with three open seats. Orrin Mahoney grabbed that third seat more than 2,300 votes behind second-place Sandoval.
When Mahoney ran for reelection in 2009 he took top honors in another three-seat race that gave him 610 more votes than second-place Barry Chang, who slid ahead of Mark Santoro by 70 votes.
Cupertino City Council26 of 26 Precincts Reporting
TallyPercent Gilbert Wong-i-x
4,022 21.86 Rod Sinks-x
3,879 21.09 Homer Tong
18.03 Marty Miller
3,221 17.51 Donna Austin 2,895 15.74 Chris Zhang 1,062 5.77 i=incumbent / x=winner