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Your Local Election Results, Thus Far
Barring a cataclysmic event, Hillary Clinton will presumably take California—she's currently up by 60 percent, with over 36 percent of state precincts reporting—but Bernie Sanders put up a real fight, complete with stops at every stand at the Silver Lake Farmers Market. Beyond the heated Democratic primary, there were a number of important races on the ticket, including two Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors seats (the Board of Supervisors is an oft-forgotten but extremely powerful force in the L.A. area), a Senate primary, state assembly races and several ballot measures.
Donald Trump, the
last man standing in the clown-show presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, was declared the winner of California early in the evening:
Here's the breakdown of everything else so far:
- State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was declared the winner of the U.S. Senate primary, with her Democratic rival, Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County, taking second place. The two women race will both advance to the November ballot in the fight for retiring Senator Barbara Boxer’s seat. The crowded race, which included thirty-four candidates, made for some ballot difficulties: the list of names prawled across two pages, confusing some voterswho thought they could choose a name on each on page, thereby invalidating their vote.
- According to the L.A. Times, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn, a former city councilwoman and sister of former mayor James Hahn, currently holds a formidable lead in her bid to replace Don Knabe as supervisor of Los Angeles County's 4th District. It’s not yet clear whether Hahn will receive enough votes to win the seat outright, or if she’ll need to take part in a November runoff, likely alongside Manhattan Beach City Councilman Steve Napolitano. If Hahn does win the seat and join Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis on the board, this will be the first time ever that the County of Los Angeles is governed by a majority-female body.
- The county's 5th district seat is also up for grabs, and Kathryn Barger currently has a strong lead in the race to replace Supervisor Michael Antonovich, though as of 11 p.m. she will still likely have to face off in a November runoff. We don't like to count our chickens before they are anywhere near hatched, but let's all just take a moment to ponder how cool it would be have four female county supervisors on a five-person governing body.
- Proposition 50, a constitutional amendment to stop the salary and benefits of a state legislator who has been suspended, also passed. The lone statewide ballot measure in the primary, Prop. 50 was inspired by the criminal trials of state senators Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright, and Leland Yee, after the state senate struggled to suspend the three Democrats without pay after they'd charged—but not yet convicted—of felony accusations. According to the AP, a state law prohibiting lawmakers’ pay from being reduced meant that they continued to receive paychecks even after they'd been suspended.
- Beyond Prop. 50, there were a number of local measures on the ballot. City News Service reports that Glendale voters “overwhelmingly” rejected Measure N, which would have eliminated the city’s long-standing utility users tax. The tax is considered crucial to funding city services. City Manager Scott Ochoa had told the L.A. Times that eliminating the tax would have sliced $17.5 million from the city budget, leading to police and firefighter layoffs and potential library closures.