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Tuesday: Primary Election Updates


UPDATED Election Results


11:00 P.M. San Joaquin County Races Getting Attention

Four races in San Joaquin County attracted quite a bit of attention for different reasons. 

Assistant District AttorneyTony Verber Salazar has a 3-to1 lead over Gary Hickey. If she wins, she will be the first female D.A. in county history.

Hickey’s campaign was marred by three arrests in recent months –two for driving under the influence and one for assault. 

San Joaquin County Sheriff, Steve Moore is running against someone from inside the department for the third election in a row. He has a 17-percent lead over Pat Withrow. 

And in the race for County Supervisor, Kathy Miller holds a slim lead over Paul  Canepa 52-percent to 48-percent. 

Mike Klocke with the Stockton Record was a guest on Capital Public Radio’s special election coverage this evening.  He says the race was hard-fought.

“It was a surprisingly contentious race considering the two worked side by side through the  bankruptcy process for Stockton. “

If Measure B passes, bonds would be sold for school facilities in the Tracy Unified School District.  As of 10:30 p.m., the measure was up 65.92% to 34.08%

Visit the Stockton Record


10:55 P.M. AP Calls Ose GOP Dist. 7 Nominee

BULLETIN (AP) - Doug Ose, GOP, nominated U.S. House, District 7, California.


9:45 P.M. California Assembly And Senate Races Update

Assembly District 3: James Gallagher 43 percent; Jim Reed 37 percent; Ryan Schohr 20 percent.

In District 6 Beth Gaines has a 20-point lead. 

Assembly District 4 includes Yolo and Solano Counties:

Democrat Bill Dodd from Napa leads with 29.6 percent over Republican over Charlie Schaupp with 25.4 percent and Democrat Dan Wolk with 24.1percent.

District 6 northeast of Sacramento – with 16 percent of the precincts reporting, Republican Beth Gaines  leading Democrat Brian Caples 61 to 39 percent

District 8 Rancho Cordova - Democrat Kevin Cooley over Republican Douglas Haaland 54 percent to 38 percent.

District 9 contains South Sacramento and Elk Grove:

Elk Grove councilman and former Sacramento County Sheriffs deputy Jim Cooper leads with 35 percent. Former Sacramento City Councilman and Sacramento City Police officer Darrell Fong has 29 percent. 

State Senate District 6 Democrat Assembly Members Roger Dickinson and Richard Pan are in a very close race. Dickinson has 37 percent. Pan has 34 percent.

District 7 Sacramento features two Sacramento City Council members:

Democrat Kevin McCarty has 33 percent of the vote to Steve Cohn’s 27 percent. Republican Ralph Merletti has 16 percent of the vote.


9:40 P.M. U.S. House of Representatives Races Update

In District 3 two long-time politicians are running against each other. With about a fifth of the precincts reporting, Democrat John Garamendi leads Republican Dan Logue 57 percent to 43 percent.

In District 7, Democrat Ami Bera has 49 percent of the vote. Repbulican Doug Ose is the nearest competitor with 25 percent.

In District 9, Jerry McNerney has 52 percent of the vote. Tony Amador leads three Republicans with 24 percent. 


8:50 P.M. Sacramento County and Sacramento City Council Update

In Sacramento County, the results tallied as of 8:30  p.m. have Anne Marie Schubert   leading Maggie Krell 58-31 percent. Todd Leras has 10 percent.

Also in Sacramento County, Patrick Kennedy leads Jrmar Jefferson by 70 percentage points in the Board of Supervisors District 2 race.

In the City of Sacramento District 3 race, Cyril Shah, Ellen Cochrane, and Jeff Harris are the top three vote-getters, separated by just 2 percent of the vote.

In the District 5 Race, Incumbent Jay Schenirer leads Ali Cooper by nearly a two-to-one margin.

In District 7, Rick Jennings has 52 percent of the vote. Julius Cherry has 39 percent. Abe Snobar has 9 percent

Measure B half-cent library tax leads 70 percent to 30 percent


8:20 P.M. Brown Earns Top Spot In November Governor's Race

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has quickly earned a spot in the November runoff in California's "top two" primary election.

The Associated Press projects Brown will finish first. The AP called the governor's victory just 17 minutes after polls closed. Actual votes are just starting to come in, but Brown currently leads with 56 percent.

It's expected to take longer before Brown's Republican challenger emerges. Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari is holding second place with 18 percent; Tea party Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) is in third place with 14 percent.

If Brown wins the November runoff, he would be the first Californian to serve four terms in the governor's office. He would be 80 years old when his term ends in 2018.


6:45 P.M. There Can Be Only Two

California voters are picking their top two candidates for governor in today's primary election.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has held an overwhelming lead in polls and has yet to hold a public campaign event. He's widely expected to finish first.

But it’s far from clear whom he’ll face in November. The two people most likely to challenge him are Republicans Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari.

Donnelly is a tea party Assemblyman who’s struggled to raise money and hold together a campaign but is extremely popular with the party’s conservative base.

Kashkari led the U.S. Treasury’s bank bailout program known as “TARP” (Troubled Asset Relief Program) under Presidents Bush and Obama. He has a big fundraising advantage – including $2 million of his own money – and the full support of the Republican establishment. But he’s struggled to connect with conservatives.

Donnelly led Kashkari in primary polls up until this past weekend, when a new survey showed Kashkari narrowly ahead.

Brown is not holding a formal Election Night party, nor will he give a formal speech. Instead, he's eating dinner with his Cabinet at the historic Governor's Mansion in Sacramento. He's expected to meet with the media shortly after polls close.

Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) will address his supporters at the historic Roosevelt Theater on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles. Kashkari's party is in his home county of Orange, at the Port Theater in Corona del Mar.

This is the first time California voters will pick a governor using the state’s new open primary system, where the top two candidates – regardless of party – advance to the November runoff. 

4:40 P.M.  All's Quiet On The Voting Front

Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler dropped by polling places near the Pocket neighborhood and at Sacramento High this afternoon. As with other locations throughout the region, turnout was light. Ben also updates us on where the major candidates in the race for governor will be tonight. 



4:15 P.M.  Poll Workers Play The Waiting Game

The volunteers at some Sacramento polling places have spent most of this primary election day waiting for voters who didn't show up.

Gerald Cisneros says he's been a volunteer poll worker in the Pocket for 20 years. He says he's seldom seen an election with turnout so low.

Cisneros says it does a get little frustrating when no one votes. And there's not much diversion from the quiet. There are no radios or TV's allowed at polling places, so he talks with other poll workers.

"Real slow. 2:30 and we only have 90. Usually we have double that or triple that by this time of day. I heard the media said it was going to be slow. So, a lot of times people think 'well it's going to be slow, why should I go in there?' So I don't know if it's the media doing it or if people just don't want to come in. But I got a ton of...my roster got a ton of voter-by-mails." - Gerald Cisneros, poll worker

- Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio 


1 P.M. Brown Seeks Unprecedented Fourth Term As Governor

(AP) -- Jerry Brown says he's got a special opportunity to serve in his unprecedented bid for a fourth term as California governor.

Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, voted in a firehouse near their Oakland hills home Tuesday accompanied by their dog.

The 76-year-old Democrat says he's "very conscious of the fact that no one has ever served California as governor for a fourth term and probably no one ever will."

Two Republicans are fighting to face Brown in the November general election. A conservative state lawmaker, Tim Donnelly, faces Neel Kashkari, a socially moderate investment banker making his first run for public office.

Without a contentious ballot measure, low turnout was expected in the state's top-two primary. Brown says it might be that people are "relatively confident" this election.



12 P.M. 6 Percent Of Voters Cast Ballot In Nevada Primary

(AP) -- Nevada will hold its primary election next week and six percent of active voters in the state have cast their ballot during early voting.

A report from the Secretary of State's office shows that as of noon on Monday, a little more than 69,000 people had participated in either on-site early voting or through a mail-in absentee ballot. Early voting closes Friday, while absentee ballots must be received by election day June 10.

Secretary of State Ross Miller has predicted turnout will be near the record low 18 percent seen in the 2008 primary.

The election is short on high-profile, voter-rousing races. Gov. Brian Sandoval is expected to sail to re-election, and perhaps the most interesting race is a Republican primary for lieutenant governor that's pitting Sandoval's choice, Mark Hutchison, against state party-endorsed Sue Lowden.

9 A.M. Midtown Sacramento

CapRadio spoke with voters at a Midtown Sacramento polling place about what drew them out.

"I like the experience of coming in person, i t feels more civic-minded, I guess," says Gabriel Ravel.

"I think that the people we elect to open positions are really important, because that's where you see the most impact in terms of day to day life for hat's happening with our schools, what's happening with police force, everything else," says Karen Morrisson. 

"I always love walking into a polling station and getting a sticker and filling in bubbles," says Rhianna Eades.

Polls are open until 8 p.m.

8 A.M. Downtown Davis

The polls have been open for about an hour now, as California voters are taking part in the first statewide primary under the top-two system.  

Capital Public Radio's Max Pringle is at a polling place in downtown Davis.  

He talked with one couple who said though this year's primary is low-key, there were some issues, such as the Secretary of State race and some local issues, that they have been focused on and wanted to make sure they got their votes in.

Poll workers are expecting a slow day. With only a handful of people coming in sor far and that trend is expected to continue throughout the day. In primaries in California, it's been trendign down voer the last two decades and turnout may be under 30 percent this year.

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7:45 A.M. Polls: Davis and Sacramento

The polls have just opened, and California voters are taking part in an historic election. It's the first time the state's new top-two primary system will be used for a statewide election. That means the top two vote-getters will advance to the general contest, regardless of party.

CapRadio's Max Pringle is at a polling place Davis and Andrew Nixon is in Sacramento.

They've been talking to voters and poll workers about the election.

In Davis, people are trickling in and according to poll workers, there has been some confusion regarding the top-two sytem. 

In Sacramento, Byron Jackson says he always comes in to vote.

"This election is a little weird," says Jackson. "A lot of measures and bonds that we're voting on, I could care less about. For me, it's more about the Governor and just certain key offices in the state."

Those who signed up to vote-by-mail but haven't sent in the ballot are being reminded to not send it via mail. Postmarks don't count and the ballot can be dropped off at any polling place. 

-Max Pringle / Andrew Nixon

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Polling location at X and 19 streets. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

7 A.M. What's On The Ballot

For Election Day, California voters will be voting in the first statewide top-two primary.

They'll be choosing their candidate for Governor, as well as the top two in California's other seven statewide offices, the 80-member Assembly and half of the 40-member Senate.

There are also two statewide ballot measures.

Proposition 41 would redirect $600 million of pre-approved bond funds to build housing for low income and homeless veterans. Proposition 42 would require local governments to pay their own costs to comply with state public records laws.

-Ben Alder / Capital Public Radio

6:30 A.M. California's Top 2 Primary Yields Surprising Races

(AP) -- The first gubernatorial primary under California's new top-two system has evolved into a typical campaign between Republicans hoping to come in second.

Republican Party leaders do not seriously expect to be able to defeat Gov. Jerry Brown in the fall, but the GOP governor's contest between state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and former investment banker Neel Kashkari is the most high-profile of the races on Tuesday's primary ballot.

That is partly because it will help determine the future of a party struggling to remain relevant.

The primary also includes some hard-fought congressional and state legislative races in which candidates are vying to move on to challenge incumbents in November.

A ballot that lacks a presidential election and citizens initiatives has led to predictions of a potentially record low voter turnout.

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