(UTSANDIEGO) — Gary Kreep, a Ramona lawyer who has long worked on controversial conservative legal causes such as challenging President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, clinched a win for a seat on the San Diego Superior Court Tuesday.

Kreep, 61, has a lead of 1,569 votes over veteran prosecutor Garland Peed. There are 1,000 ballots left to count, meaning there is no way Peed can catch Kreep.

“I feel very blessed,” Kreep, a devout Christan, said. “I’m extremely gratified by all the people who stuck their neck out to vote for me.”

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