In California…

Election day results and interesting face-offs in November:

In the closely watched race to run for retiring Lynne Woolsey’s seat in Congress this November, Jared Huffman, current California Assemblyman, won handily.

Jared Huffman [48,001; 37.3 %], with Republican Daniel Roberts [19,363; 15.3%] edging out  Democrat Norman Soloman [18,257; 14.2%] for second place. Huffman and Roberts will be the candidates in November.  Stacy Lawson [12,919; 10.1%], who had some very big donors behind her  beat Susan Adams [10,184; 8.4%] coming in 4th and 5th repectively

Marin County Votes and state wide totals.

Richard Halstead, Marin IJ, reports.

Don’t have the cost per vote for each of these candidates. To be analyzed…. –>> see below the fold.]

To replace Huffman in the State Assembly (Marin is now in District 10, no longer in 6 after redistricting) it looks like Michael Allen (D) with 24,076 votes (30.3%) will face off against Marc Levine (D), 19, 217 (24.2%). No Republican will appear on the ballot.  Peter Mancus for the Rs got 17,044 (21.4%) and Connie Wong, (D) got 8,933 (11.2%)

Around the state are other match-ups courtesy of the Washington Post:

As expected, Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) andHoward Berman (D-Calif.) are headed for a November matchup. Sherman led Berman 42 percent to 32 percent in Tuesday’s vote, with mostly Republicans splitting up the rest of the vote.

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Calif.) appears to be the clear favorite in her incumbent-versus-incumbent matchup, leading Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) 60 percent to 40 percent on Tuesday.

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) was under 50 percent and faces 25-year-old Ricky Gill, who has been one of the GOP’s fundraising stars so far this cycle. McNerney led Gill 48 percent to 40 percent, with another Republican earning the other 12 percent.

Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) took just 41 percent of the vote in his new district, while the top two Democrats in the race outpolled him. It’s not yet clear whether he’ll face former San Diego City Councilman Scott Peters or former state Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, who were locked in a close race for second place.

Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) took just 42 percent of the vote in his contest with prosecutor Eric Swalwell(D) and an independent candidate, meaning Stark could face a tough one-on-one matchup with Swalwell in the fall.

Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and another Democrat combined for slightly more than half the vote, but Costa got just 41 percent of it, suggesting he’s got work to do. He faces attorney Brian Whelan (R), who took 26 percent, in the fall.


Taking the reported funds raised through May as reported by Open Secrets:

Huffman: $1,004,926 for 48,001 votes is $20.94 /vote

Roberts $184,060 for 19,363 votes is $9.51 /vote

Soloman $638,302 for 18,257 votes is $34.96 /vote

Lawson $1,013,715 (!) for 12,919 votes is $78.47

Adams $189,549 for 10,184 votes  is $18.61 /vote


It is interesting that votes are much more expensive in primaries than in general elections, at least according to this Washington Post 2012 tally:

Top profligacy goes to Linda MacMahon’s losing race for Connecticut Senate in which she spent $454 per primary voter and $95 (still the highest) per general election voter.

Rick Scott, the governor of Florida spent $84 in the primary and $29 to win the general.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *