Retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueva dramatically increased his lead over incumbent Jim McDonnell Tuesday, with an updated tally from last week’s election showing him with a 22,192-vote lead.

When initial vote-counting initially ended after the Nov. 6 election, Villanueva had a 4,927-vote lead over McDonnell, but that edge shrank to just 335 votes when an updated tally was released Friday.

With the county still working its way through the nearly 1 million ballots that still needed to be counted as of last week, the updated tally released Tuesday showed Villanueva with 987,609 votes, compared to 965,417 for McDonnell.

According to the county, roughly 688,000 ballots still need to be tallied.

Both candidates last week issued statements expressing confidence of emerging victorious. Villanueva on Tuesday hailed the latest number, but said “we remain cautiously optimistic and take nothing for granted.”

He said the numbers show “it’s clear that Los Angeles County voters are ready to reform, rebuild and restore the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.”

Representatives for McDonnell could not be reached for immediate comment.

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