By Doug Porter
It ain’t over ‘till it’s over. But it’s mostly over in San Diego. Most of the ballots for the June 2016 primary election have been tallied. The remaining 285,000 ballots uncounted as of Wednesday morning are provisional and late arriving mail-in ballots. A few close races may change, but if history is any guide, what you see in the way of results the day after the election is what you get.
A multi-year campaign for an increase in the local minimum wage came to a close as voters overwhelmingly approved City Proposition I. For me personally, and for tens of thousands of San Diego workers, the last item on the ballot was the most important one.
Kevin Faulconer will be San Diego’s Mayor for the next four years, Barbara Bry did well in City Council District One, Mara Elliot defied conventional wisdom by clinching a runoff spot in the race for City Attorney, and Democrats gave Hillary Clinton a strong show of support, locally and statewide.
Note: I’ll update this analysis as more data becomes available.
Donald Trump won statewide in California, with 75.3% of the Republican vote. In San Diego, he won with 78.44%. He handily won primaries in Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. (North Dakota isn’t holding a GOP primary in 2016)
Massive rallies and a social media blitzkrieg didn’t translate into a Golden State victory for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
With 99.7% of precincts reporting statewide:
Hillary Clinton 55.8%
Bernie Sanders 43.2%
Hillary Clinton 55.1%
Bernie Sanders 44.1%
Bernie Sanders won primaries in Montana and North Dakota. Hillary Clinton won in New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota.
Nationally Hillary Clinton has an estimated 2,184 pledged delegates, plus 571 super delegates. Bernie Sanders has 1,804 pledged delegates, plus 48 super delegates. 158 pledged delegates remain to be chosen.
Clinton took the stage in Brooklyn to an explosion of cheers from her crowd, in the kind of eruption of enthusiasm that has been fleeting during much of her campaign. Clearly delighted, she stood with her arms outstretched on stage, savoring the adulation.
Reaching out to Sanders supporters, Clinton praised the Vermont senator for his long public service and mirrored some of his progressive economic rhetoric. She played down any notion of divisions and said their vigorous primary campaign was “very good for the Democratic Party and for America.”
But in a sign of the task she faces in uniting the party, Sanders supporters loudly booed her name when he said he had received a “gracious” call from his rival and said he had congratulated her on her victories on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Politico is out with a story about chaos in the Sanders campaign. A large number of staffers will be laid off this week and former staffers have started saying not-very-flattering things to the press:
Top Sanders aides admit that it’s been weeks, if not months, since they themselves realized he wasn’t going to win, and they’ve been operating with a Trump’s-got-no-real-shot safety net. They debate whether Sanders’ role in the fall should be a full vote-for-Clinton campaign, or whether he should just campaign hard against Trump without signing up to do much for her directly.
They haven’t been able to get Sanders focused on any of that, or on the real questions about what kind of long term organization to build out of his email list. They know they’ll have their own rally in Philadelphia – outside the convention hall—but that’s about as far as they’ve gotten.
“He wants to be in the race until the end, until the roll call vote,” Weaver said.
In third-party races, Alan Spears won the nod from the American Independent Party, Jill Stein won the Green Party primary, Gary Johnson won with Libertarians, and Gloria Estela La Riva will be the nominee for the Peace and Freedom Party.
California Attorney General
Kamala Harris [D] – 40.3%
Loretta Sanchez [D]– 18.5%
Steve Stokes [D]– 2.1% (Bernie supporter)
Total GOP Candidates – 29.3%
Kamala Harris [D]- 32.02%
Loretta Sanchez [D]- 21.62%
Steve Stokes [D, Bernie supporter] – 1.97%
Total GOP Candidates – 31.58%
House of Representatives
Democrat Scott Peters (58.6%) will face Republican Denise Gitsham (16.1%) in November in the 52nd congressional district. The only other contest that wasn’t lopsided in favor of the incumbent was District 49, where challenger Doug Applegate (45.4%) came within six points of beating Darrel Issa (51.1%). The San Diego portion of the district gave Issa a one-point victory.
The other winners in lopsided victories:
District 50 – Duncan Hunter [R] 57.2%
District 51 – Juan Vargas [D] 66.6%
District 53 – Susan Davis [D] 64.9%
California Legislature (San Diego seats)
The races were all so lopsided that I’m only listing the winners.
State Senate, District 39 – Toni Atkins [D] 65.78%
Assembly, District 71 – Randy Voepel [R] 60.94%
Assembly, District 75 – Marie Waldron [R] 60.9%
Assembly, District 76 – Rocky Chavez [R] 100%
Assembly, District 77 – Brian Maienschein [R] 58.44%
Assembly, District 78 – Todd Gloria [D] 71.61%
Assembly, District 79 – Shirley Weber [D] 66.24%
Assembly, District 80 – Lorena Gonzalez [D] 72.63%
The quote of the evening, via the Democratic victory gathering at the Westin, goes to Shirley Weber, who referred to Atkins, Gonzalez and herself as the Earth, Wind, and Fire of San Diego politics.
City of San Diego
Hey, the challengers did better than the initial polling said they would…
Kevin Faulconer [R] 58.2%
Lori Saldaña [I] 22.46%
Ed Harris [D] 19.34%
The top two candidates will face off in November
Robert Hickey [R] 29.61%
Mara Elliot [D] 24.39%
Rafael Castellanos [D] 18.94%
Gil Cabrera [D] 16.56%
Brian Pease [D, feelin’ the Bern] 10.5%
Top two will compete in November unless Bry picks up another point in late voting
Barbara Bry [D] 49.05%
Ray Ellis [R] 33.71%
Bruce Lightner [R] 9.49%
Kyle Heiskala [D] 5.85%
Louis Rodolico [I] 1.89%
Ward wins it outright, despite downtown business interests pouring money into Bernal’s campaign.
Chris Ward [D] 59.23%
Anthony Bernal [D] 27.02%
Scott Sanborn [I] 13.75%
The incumbent wins handily (no runoff)
Mark Kersey [R] 70.96%
Frank Tsimboukakis [D] 19.76%
Keith Mikas [D] 9.28%
No runoff in November
Scott Sherman [R] 61.94%
Justin DeCesare [D] 21.94%
Jose Caballero [D, feels the Bern] 16.12%
The top two will compete in November. Many thought Flores would win outright in the primary.
Ricardo Flores [D] 36.09%
Georgette Gomez [D] 30.23%
Sarah Saez [D] 22.45%
Araceli Martinez [D] 11.23%
San Diego County Board of Supervisors
District 1 – Greg Cox [R] 100%
Dianne Jacob [R] – 74.04%
Rudy Reyes [D] – 25.96%
The top two will compete in November.
Dave Roberts [D] 39.1%
Kristin Gaspar [R] 33.56%
Sam Abed [R] 27.34%
Chula Vista City Council
The top two will compete in November.
Rudy Ramirez [D] 30.27%
Mike Diaz [D] 26.93%
Eduardo Reyes [D] 24.27%
Emmanuel Soto [R] 18.54
State Proposition 50: California Suspension of Legislators YES 75.3%
San Diego (Propositions A-H are revisions to the City Charter)
Proposition A: Redistricting Commission Update YES 70.68%
Proposition B: Bond Authorization Process Update YES 78.53%
Proposition C: Property Tax Charter Language Clarification YES 65.86%
A rumor circulated (untrue) that Prop C somehow undid Proposition 13
Proposition D: Amendment on Setting City Titles & Salaries YES 76.03%
Proposition E: Budget Approval Process Update YES 81.95%
Proposition F: Financial Operations Process Update YES 80.11%
Proposition G: City Audit Language Update YES 69.41%
Proposition H: Kersey’s Infrastructure Scheme YES 64.63%
Proposition I: Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage YES 63.22%
The Chamber of Commerce and its corporate buddies’ campaign of deception failed, finally
San Diego County Board of Education
A serious amount of cash from Charter School lobbyists* went into this race
Mark Powell* – 51.92%
Gregg Robinson – 48.08%
Guadalupe Gonzalez – 55.17%
Jerry Rindone* – 44.83%
Mark Anderson – 50.30%
Paulette Donnellon*- 49.70%
Rick Shea – 44.84%
Mark Wyland*- 40.89%
Richard C. Smith – 14.27%
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College Board
Timothy Caruthers – 59.41%
Elena Adams – 32.85%
Mary Kay Rosinski – 7.73%
San Diego Community College Board
Mary Graham – 70.53%
Alice Pipkin-Allen – 29.47%
San Diego Unified School Board
John Lee Evans – 72.04%
Stephen Groce – 27.96%
Richard Barrera – 100%
Challenger Collins beat out appointed trustee Whitehurst-Payne
LaShea Collins – 58.95%
Sharon Whitehurst-Payne – 41.05%
The incumbent judges won, facing more than the usual token opposition
James Mangione – 62.21%
Paul Ware – 37.97%
Keri Katz 64.79%
Carla Keehn 35.21%
On This Day: 1852 – The earliest recorded strike by Chinese immigrants to the U.S. occurred when stonemasons, who were brought to San Francisco to build the three-story Parrott granite building—made from Chinese prefabricated blocks—struck for higher pay. 1953 – The Supreme Court outlawed segregated restaurants in Washington, DC. 1978 – A jury in Clark County, Nevada, ruled that the “Mormon will,” was a forgery. The work was supposedly written by Howard Hughes.
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