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San Benito County District 5 Supervisor Bea Gonzales was falling behind her challenger Ignacio Velasquez according to Tuesday night’s preliminary election results.

As of 8:20pm March 5, the incumbent was trailing with 45% of the vote as former Hollister Mayor Velasquez pulled ahead with 54%.

Gonzales told the Free Lance before the preliminary results came in that she is hopeful for a win.

“We ran a positive and clean campaign and we are confident we will come out on top,” Gonzales said.

Velasquez could not be reached for comment on election night.

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