The leading candidates in Long Beach’s elections remained unchanged Friday, when the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office issued an updated vote tally from Tuesday’s races.

Councilmember Rex Richardson’s lead in the race to be Long Beach’s next mayor continued to grow, with the distance between him and Councilmember Suzie Price reaching 8.5 points in Friday’s update.

Richardson had ended election night with a lead of a little under 7 points but has seen that grow over the past two days. He now leads Price by 5,519 votes with over 54% of the vote. Friday’s update included about 79,000 new ballots countywide but only added 3,211 votes to the mayoral total.

The two other close races in Long Beach, a $1.7 billion bond measure to upgrade school facilities (Measure Q) and the 5th City Council District race, also saw slight increases.

The “yes” vote on Measure Q, which would increase property taxes by about $60 for every $100,000 of assessed value, increased from 58.1% to 58.4% in Friday’s update. Because it’s a bond measure, it requires 55% to pass.

In the 5th City Council District race, Megan Kerr’s lead over Ian Patton grew further, and Kerr now leads by 433 votes and holds about 52% of the vote. Kerr has increased her lead from Wednesday morning, when just 113 votes separated the two candidates.

County election officials also announced Friday that they added two additional updates not part of their original update schedule, which will happen Saturday and Monday.

Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @JasonRuiz_LB on Twitter.