A third term as San Mateo County's top law enforcement officer is ahead for Sheriff Greg Munks. It was unlikely to have worked out any other way: Mr. Munks was the only name listed for that office on the ballot, as was true when he ran for re-election in 2010.
But Mr. Munks was not unopposed this time.
Juan Lopez, a deputy with 26 years in the same Sheriff's Office led by Mr. Munks since 2006, ran a last-minute write-in campaign against his boss.
With all 475 precincts reporting Tuesday night, Mr. Munks received 100 percent of the vote, a total of 51,024.
San Mateo County elections official David Tom said Tuesday night that write-in votes are tallied at the end of the counting process. Many votes, including mail-in ballots dropped off at polling places on Tuesday, have yet to be counted.
It wasn't meant to be a write-in campaign, Mr. Lopez said, but the logistics of acquiring 20 signatures on his nomination papers in the last hour of the last day of the filing period proved his undoing. He arrived at the Elections Office after it had closed.
Mr. Munks has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Mr. Lopez had this to say: "They haven't counted the absentee ballots yet. ... Whatever is going to happen is going to happen."