As of 9 p.m., Molina had about 75 percent of the vote with seven of 13 precincts counted, compared with 24 percent for opponent Troy McComak and 1 percent of Pattersonites filling in write-in votes.
Meanwhile, Dennis McCord had the lead in the City Council race with 656 votes — or about 23 percent. Council candidate Sheree Lustgarten and Councilman Dominic Farinha were neck-and-neck for second place with 607 and 605 votes respectively — about 21 percent each.
Other council candidates trailed, with Tony Camacho bringing in 365 votes, followed by Annette Smith with 360 votes and Carlos Fierros with 257 votes.
Poll workers at various booths throughout town said turnout was high today for the presidential elections.
In other regional races, Anne Stokman and Ed Maring both led the way in the Del Puerto Health Care District race, with 42 percent and 33 percent respectively, while Jeanette Kessler trailed with 24 percent.
In the District 21 State Assembly race, Democratic candidate Adam Gray had a lead of 55 percent with 35 percent of precincts counted as of 9:13 p.m., compared with 45 percent for Republican opponent Jack Mobley.
Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, led the District 10 Congressional race with a 56 percent showing as of 9:13 p.m., with less than half of the precincts counted, compared to 44 percent for Democratic opponent Jose Hernandez.
Early results showed Sen. Dianne Feinstein ahead in the Senate race, with 57 percent of the vote, compared with 43 percent for Republican opponent Elizabeth Emken.
Nationally, CNN predicted that President Barack Obama would remain president, after he secured Ohio and four other swing states to surpass 270 electoral votes needed for a win.
The Irrigator will have more updates throughout the evening.