A couple inland races may still be too close to call as elections officials continue to count provisional ballots.

Chino Valley Unified school board candidate Andrew Cruz is leading in his race to bump incumbent Fred Youngblood from his seat. As of the latest count, Cruz's 12,262 votes were enough to give him a 120-vote edge over Youngblood.

The Three Valleys Municipal Water District is the scene of another tight race in District 6. There, former governing member John W. Lantz has a 104-vote edge over incumbent John Mendoza.

Elections officials in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties still have more votes to count before they can certify election results by Tuesday's deadline.

Lantz said by telephone that he's not yet ready to consider himself the victor in the Three Valleys race.

"I'll tell you Dec. 4th," he said. "I will be full of great expectations until it's certified."

Los Angeles County elections officials counting votes in the Lantz-Mendoza race and other contests conducted their most recent tally of absentee and provisional ballots on Wednesday, elections officials said.

There are still about 75,000 such ballots still to be counted throughout Los Angeles County.

In the Chino Valley Unified race, Cruz's current vote count appears sufficient for him to win the third seat up for election this year.

Incumbent James Na is the top vote-getter with 20,364 votes.


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Newcomer to the board Irene Hernandez-Blair is in second place with 14,769.

The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters has about 300 provisional ballots left to count from the entire county, spokeswoman Felisa Cardona said.

The office expects to certify all San Bernardino County contests by week's end.

Youngblood has been elected twice to the Chino Valley Unified board since 2004.

According to Cruz's biography he's a teacher and librarian who has never previously run for elective office.