Out in the west end of Calaveras County known as District 5, challenger Ben Stopper took a large lead on incumbent Supervisor Clyde Clapp with 61 percent of the vote and five of five precincts in the district reported and counted.

As of 10:25 p.m., Stopper had 1,707 votes and Clapp had 1,067.

“Even with the residual votes coming in off absentee ballots, I don’t think Clyde will be able to make up the difference,” Stopper said in a phone interview at 10:20 p.m.

“I’m fairly optimistic I can claim victory. I just want to thank Clyde for stepping up the past two years, and I think Calaveras County is ready to move on into 2019.”

Clapp could not immediately be reached for comment after 9:30 p.m.

“Nerves are a little up,” Stopper said earlier. “But there’s no results in yet, no count.”

Stopper said he started watching election returns on television about 8 p.m. with friends and supporters at the Pizza Factory next to La Contenta Golf Club.

Before 6 p.m., Clapp was having dinner at a friend’s house, his campaign manager Kevin Ost said.

There were an estimated 29,555 total registered voters in Calaveras County as of Tuesday evening. Voter turnout was 81 percent in 2016 and 59 percent in 2014, the last midterm election.

District 5 in Calaveras County includes the communities of Milton, Jenny Lind and Rancho Calaveras, and New Hogan Reservoir on the Calaveras River.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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