Christy Holstege and Greg Wallis in nail-biter race for 47th Assembly District seat – San Bernardino Sun

While many candidates are comfortably ahead as votes are tallied from the Nov. 8 election, that’s not the case for an Inland Assembly seat.

Democrat Christy Holstege and Republican Greg Wallis are locked in a tight race for a two-year term representing the 47th Assembly District. Holstege jumped out to an early lead and attended an orientation session in Sacramento before falling behind Wallis on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 16.

Holstege, a Palm Springs city councilmember, rebounded and led Wallis, a staffer for ex-Republican Assemblymember Chad Mayes, by 1,138 votes — 50.4% to 49.6% — as of Friday morning, Nov. 18. An update is expected later Friday.

An open seat formed through 2021 political redistricting, the 47th includes Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Yucaipa, Palm Springs, Palm Desert Rancho Mirage, and Yucca Valley and parts of Redlands, Highland and San Jacinto.

Democrats hold a roughly 7-percentage-point edge in the district’s voter registration. But Wallis in October promoted a poll showing him statistically tied with Holstege as he campaigned on a platform of working in a bipartisan manner to reduce the cost of living and homeless while improving K-12 education.

Following her election night party, Holstege flew to Sacramento to attend events for Democratic lawmakers and new Assembly members before returning on Veterans Day, she wrote on Twitter.

“Still counting every vote,” Holstege tweeted with a fingers-crossed emoji. “But incredibly honored to attend Assembly Orientation for the California Legislature at our state Capitol.”

On Wednesday, Holstege tweeted: “I *may* have won my campaign for state assembly and flipped a district from red to blue, but my toddler also started whispering I love you, and that’s pretty great too.”

Wallis hasn’t tweeted since Election Day. Neither candidate could immediately be reached for comment Friday morning.

It’s not clear how many votes remain to be counted in the 47th. Riverside and San Bernardino counties have until Dec. 8 to deliver final results to California’s Secretary of State, who will certify the election Dec. 16.

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