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State Primary Elections Met with Low Voter Turnout; Open Primary System Sets Stage for November General Election

June 4, 2014
The close of California’s election last evening marked yet another primary where voter participation was significantly low.
 
According to the most recent data from the Secretary of State (SOS), yesterday’s election had only 18.3 percent voter turnout. Typically voter turnout for primary elections is low with more voters participating in the November general election.

The June 3 primary was the second time in California history that statewide elections were held under the new open primary system. Voters approved the open primary system in 2010 with the passage of Proposition 14. Under the new system, the top-two vote-getters in the primary election advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation.
 
Compared to other years, the menu of ballot measures was relatively light with only two proposed initiatives — Props. 41 and 42. Both measures received overwhelming voter support and passed with more than 60 percent of the vote. The passage of League-supported Prop. 41 suggests that the state’s favorable fiscal outlook may have persuaded voters to loosen state purse strings and allow for a $600 million investment in homeless veteran housing.
 
Incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown easily won the top spot on the crowded gubernatorial ticket with 54.5 percent of the vote. Republican candidate Neel Kashkari came in second with 19 percent of the vote. The two will now face off in November for California’s highest office.   
 
Thanks to term limits, several legislative seats are up for grab. As such, a number of vigorous primary contests developed in recent months between candidates of the same party due to California’s newly implemented open primary system. With last night’s results, approximately one dozen district races will now have rival candidates from the same party on the November general election ballot. 
 
The SOS has identified several races “too close to call” because the vote margin between candidates is less than 2 percent. For example, the Controller race currently has three Democratic candidates within razor thin vote margins of each other due to a split in party voting. Rather than voting for only one candidate in each party, the open primary system allows for intraparty competition that pits members of the same political party against each other. As a result, a significant distribution of votes amongst party members occurs. In the case of the Controller race, this vote distribution has resulted in multiple Democratic candidates vying for the second top spot after the Republican candidate secured a first place finish.     
 
Election officials have until July 4 to submit a statement of results to the SOS for certification. After the SOS certifies the election results, a final vote statement will be released July 11. For more information and comprehensive elections results, please see the SOS website.
 
Statewide Ballot Measures
 
Proposition 41: Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014.                           PASS
Restructures $600 million of the existing Prop. 12 money to construct and rehabilitate multi-family housing for veterans and prioritize legislation that aligns housing with services. Preserves more than $500,000 in existing CalVet Farm and Home Loan Program dollars.
Yes: 65.4 percent
No: 34.6 percent
 
Proposition 42: Public Records. Open Meetings. State Reimbursement to Local Agencies.           PASS
Amends the California Constitution to no longer require the state reimburse local agencies for compliance with the California Public Records Act (CPRA) and the Ralph M. Brown Act.
Yes: 61.5 percent
No: 38.5 percent
 
Statewide Constitutional Officers
 
Note: An asterisk (*) indicates incumbent.
 
Governor
  • Jerry Brown* (D) – 54.5 percent
  • Neel Kashkari (R) – 19 percent
Lieutenant Governor
  • Gavin Newsom* (D) – 49.9 percent
  • Ron Nehring (R) – 23.2 percent
State ControllerToo Close to Call
  • Ashley Swearengin (R) – 24.4 percent
  • John A. Pérez (D) – 21.7 percent
  • David Evans (D) – 21.6 percent
  • Betty T. Yee (D) – 21.5 percent
State Treasurer
  • John Chiang (D) – 55.1 percent
  • Greg Conlon (R) – 38.4 percent
State Insurance Commissioner
  • Dave Jones* (D) – 53.1 percent
  • Ted Gaines (R) – 41.6 percent
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Tom Torlakson* – 46.9 percent
  • Marshall Tuck – 28.6 percent
Attorney GeneralToo Close to Call
  • Kamala D. Harris* (D) – 53.1 percent
  • Ronald Gold (R) – 12.7 percent
  • Phil Wyman (R) – 11.5 percent
Secretary of State
  • Alex Padilla (D) – 30.1 percent
  • Pete Peterson (R) – 29.6 percent           
State District Race Results
 
The following list reflects races where more than two challengers were on the ticket or the district is considered a competitive seat/too close to call. Projections of each district are based on recent voter party registration data provided by the SOS.
 
An asterisk (*) indicates incumbent and a double asterisks (**) indicates that the candidate is a graduate of the California Civic Leadership Institute (CCLI). The California Civic Leadership Institute® is a League Partner-sponsored program designed to give local leaders a broad, in-depth understanding of critical issues affecting the state, illuminate the invaluable tools they will need to succeed if elected to the Legislature, and provide a forum where lasting bonds can be created among California’s rising political leaders.
 
State Senate Race Results
 
SD 2 (Incumbent not running: Safe Democrat)
  • Mike McGuire (D) – 57.4 percent
  • Lawrence R. Wiesner (R) – 27.1 percent
SD 6 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Democrat)
  • Roger Dickinson (D) – 40.2 percent
  • Richard Pan (D) – 31.2 percent
SD 10 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Democrat)
  • Bob Wieckowski (D) – 35 percent
  • Peter Kuo (R) – 26.2 percent
SD 18 (Open seat/New district: Safe Democrat)
  • Bob Hertzberg (D) – 63.1 percent
  • Ricardo Antonio Benitez (R) – 29.1 percent
SD 20 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Democrat)
  • Matthew Munson (R) – 32.3 percent
  • Connie M. Leyva (D) – 21.1 percent
SD 24 (Incumbent challenged: Safe Democrat)
  • Kevin De Leon* (D) – 64.7 percent
  • Peter Choi (D) – 20.3 percent
 
SD 26 (Open seat/New district: Safe Democrat)
  • Ben Allen (D) – 21.8 percent
  • Sandra Fluke (D) – 19.7 percent
SD 28 (Open seat/New district: Safe Republican) – Too Close to Call
  • Jeff Stone (R) – 21.8 percent
  • Glenn A. Miller** (R) – 19.4 percent
  • Bonnie Garcia (R) – 19.3 percent
  • Phillip Drucker (D) – 19.1 percent
SD 32 (Open seat/Incumbent running for Congress: Safe Democrat)
  • Mario A. Guerra (R) – 44.1 percent
  • Tony Mendoza (D) – 31.9 percent
SD 34 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Competitive/watch district)
  • Janet Nguyen (R) – 51.5 percent
  • Jose Solorio (D) – 34 percent
State Assembly Race Results
 
AD 2 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Democrat)
  • Jim Wood (D)** – 40.8 percent
  • Matt Heath (R) – 32.5 percent
AD 3 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Republican)
  • James Gallagher (R) – 43.4 percent
  • Jim Reed (D) – 34.9 percent
AD 4 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Democrat) – Too Close to Call
  • Bill Dodd (D) – 25.7 percent
  • Charles Schaupp (R) – 25.7 percent
  • Dan Wolk (D) – 24.6 percent
AD 7 (Open seat/Incumbent running for Senate: Safe Democrat)
  • Kevin McCarty** (D) – 34.6 percent
  • Steve Cohn (D) – 28.4 percent
AD 8 (Incumbent challenged: Safe Democrat)
  • Ken Cooley*/** (D) – 52.1 percent
  • Douglas Haaland (R) – 40.9 percent
AD 9 (Incumbent running for Senate: Safe Democrat)
  • Jim Cooper** (D) – 31.4 percent
  • Darrell R. Fong** (D) – 28.6 percent
AD 10 (Incumbent challenged: Safe Democrat)
  • Marc Levine*/** (D) – 49.3 percent
  • Gregory Allen (R) – 20.5 percent
AD 13 (Incumbent challenged: Safe Democrat)
  • Susan Talamantes Eggman* (D) – 50.2 percent
  • Sol Jobrack (R) – 31.4 percent
AD 15 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Democrat)
  • Elizabeth Echols (D) – 31.1 percent
  • Tony Thurmond** (D) – 23.3 percent
AD 16 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Competitive/watch district)
  • Catharine Baker (R) – 36.5 percent
  • Tim Sbranti** (D) – 29.6 percent
AD 17 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Democrat)
  • David Chiu** (D) – 48.4 percent
  • David Campos (D) – 43.1 percent
AD 20 (Incumbent challenged: Safe Democrat)
  • Bill Quirk* (D) – 65.5 percent
  • Jaime Patino (R) – 23.9 percent
AD 22 (Incumbent challenged: Safe Democrat) – Too Close to Call
  • Kevin Mullin*/** (D) – 70.9 percent
  • Mark Gilham (R) – 15.5 percent
  • Jonathan Emmanuel Madison (R) – 13.6 percent
AD 24 (Incumbent challenged: Safe Democrat)
  • Richard S. Gordon* (D) – 59.4 percent
  • Diane Gabl (R) – 28.8 percent
AD 25 (Incumbent running for Senate: Safe Democrat)
  • Kansen Chu** (D) – 29.8 percent
  • Bob Bruton (R) – 23.9 percent
AD 26 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Republican)
  • Rudy Mendoza** (R) – 38.6 percent
  • Devon Mathis (R) – 21.1 percent
AD 28 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Democrat)
  • Evan Low** (D) – 39.8 percent
  • Chuck Page** (R) – 27 percent
AD 32 (Incumbent challenged: Competitive/watch district)
  • Rudy Salas*/** (D) – 43 percent
  • Pedro A. Rios (R) – 34.9 percent
AD 33 (Incumbent running for Governor: Safe Republican) – Too Close to Call
  • John Coffey (D) – 23.7 percent
  • Jay Obernolte (R) – 18.7 percent
  • Michelle Ambrozic (R) – 17.1 percent
  • Rick Roelle (R) – 15.5 percent
  • Art Bishop (R) – 13.9 percent
AD 36 (Incumbent challenged: Competitive/Watch district)
  • Tom Lackey (R) – 41.7 percent
  • Steve Fox* (D) – 32.9 percent
AD 39 (Incumbent challenged: Safe Democrat)
  • Raul Bocanegra* (D) – 62.7percent
  • Patty Lopez (D) – 23.4percent
AD 40 (Vacant seat: Competitive/Watch district)
  • Marc Steinorth (R) – 53.7 percent
  • Kathleen Henry (D) – 17.1 percent
  • Melissa O’Donnell (D) – 15.6 percent
  • Arthur Bustamonte (D) - 13.6 percent
AD 42 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Republican)
  • Karalee Hargrove (D) – 38.4 percent
  • Chad Mayes** (R) – 33.7 percent 
AD 44 (Incumbent running for Congress: Competitive/Watch district)
  • Jacqui Irwin (D) – 45.4 percent
  • Rob McCoy (R) – 30.8 percent
AD 48 (Incumbent challenged: Safe Democrat)
  • Roger Hernandez*/** (D) – 48.9 percent
  • Joe M. Gardner (R) – 40.5 percent
AD 53 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Democrat)
  • Miguel Santiago (D) - 56.3 percent 
  • Sandra Mendoza (D) - 23.8 percent 
AD 55 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Republican)
  • Ling-Ling Chang** (R) – 27.9 percent
  • Gregg D. Fritchle (D) – 27.5 percent
AD 56 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Democrat)
  • Eduardo Garcia** (D) – 55.9 percent
  • Charles Bennett Jr. (R) – 44.1 percent 
AD 62 (Incumbent not running: Safe Democrat)
  • Autumn Burke (D) – 41.2 percent
  • Ted J. Rose (R) – 20 percent
AD 64 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Democrat)
  • Mike Gipson** (D) – 51.1 percent
  • Prophet La'Omar Walker (D) – 21.4 percent 
AD 65 (Incumbent challenged: Competitive/Watch district)
  • Young Kim (R) – 54.7 percent
  • Sharon Quirk-Silva* (D) – 45.3 percent
AD 66 (Incumbent challenged: Competitive/Watch district)
  • David Hadley (R) – 50.1 percent 
  • Al Muratsuchi* (D) – 49.9 percent
AD 69 (Incumbent challenged: Safe Democrat)
  • Tom Daly* (D) – 55.3percent
  • Sherry Walker (R) – 24.6percent
AD 70 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Democrat)
  • Patrick O'Donnell (D) – 41.0 percent
  • John C. Goya (R) – 32.0 percent
AD 72 (Incumbent challenged: Safe Republican)
  • Travis Allen* (R) – 64.5 percent
  • Joel Block (D) – 21.1 percent
AD 73 (Open seat/Incumbent termed out: Safe Republican)
  • Wendy Gabriella (D) – 28.5 percent
  • William (Bill) Brough (R) – 27.6 percent
AD 74 (Incumbent running for Orange County Supervisor: Safe Republican)
  • Keith D. Curry (R) – 27.8 percent
  • Matthew Harper (R) – 24.4 percent
AD 78 (Incumbent challenged: Safe Democrat)
  • Toni Atkins* (D) – 59.5 percent
  • Barbara Decker (R) – 28.3 percent


 
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