The state's new transgender law appears to be on its way to surviving a referendum.

Election officials say their spot-count will not qualify an effort to overturn AB 1266, but did come close enough to trigger a full recount.

"Based on the performance during the random sample verification, it projects them falling 22,178 signatures short," said John O'Connor of Equality California. 

O'Connor is optimistic and hopeful that the referendum effort will fail, adding that existing federal and state law already require the protections that the law requires guidance on.

The law would require California schools to allow transgender students to choose sex-segregated activities and bathrooms exclusive to the gender with which they identify.