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2020 California Primary Results

The California Globe gives results of all major and contended races in California

By Evan Symon, March 4, 2020 11:20 am

Note: All results are current as of 11:20 A.M.

Presidential

Democratic Primary

  • Bernie Sanders (VT)            878,562    32.7%      (Also won California, Colorado, Utah, Vermont)
  • Elizabeth Warren (MA)      326,616     12.2%
  • Michael Bloomberg (NY)    404,793     15.1%       (Also won American Samoa)
  • Pete Buttigieg (IN)               186,870          7%
  • Amy Klobuchar (MN)          92,842         3.5%
  • Tom Steyer (CA)                  79,005           2.9%
  • Joe Biden (DE)                    638,987       23.8%       (Also won Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma,                                                                                            Tennessee, Texas, Virginia)

Bernie won the California battle, but Biden took the Super Tuesday war as he came out ahead in total delegates. Sanders remains hopeful going into next week while Warren and Bloomberg might face the music soon due to disappointing mostly 3rd and 4th place finishes on the night. In two weeks this will largely be a two-man race.

Republican Primary

  • Donald Trump (NY)    1,379,488  92.7%
  • Joe Walsh (IL)              37,970         2.5%
  • Bill Weld (MA)              36,545        2.5%

Donald Trump wins big in California against no substantial Republican competition.

Congressional

1st District

  • Doug LaMalfa (R)  91, 927       57.9%
  • Audrey Denny (D) 57,398       36.2%

2nd District

  • Jared Huffman (D) 98,599     64.7%
  • Dale K. Mensing (R) 34,858   22.9%
  • Rachel Moniz (D).  10,137     6.7%

3rd District

  • John Garamendi (D) 65,025  56.5%
  • Tamika Hamilton (R) 33,540 29.1%
  • Sean Feucht (R) 16,549            14.4%

4th District 

  • Tom McClintock (R) 100,027   54.3%
  • Brynne S. Kennedy (D) 67,123  36.5%

7th District

  • Ami Bera (D)  40,614            45.3%
  • Buzz Patterson (R) 33,964    37.9%
  • Jon Ivy (R)        6,806               7.6%

This is a notable primary election result as Republicans have a shot in the November election as long as Republican turnout is as good or better.

8th District

  • Jay Obernolte (R)  34,906     35.4%
  • Tim Donnelly (R)  17,182      22.2%
  • Chris Bubser (D)   27,020     27.1%
  • Bob Conaway (D)  4,848      6.3%

10th District

  • Josh Harder (D)   29,683     39.8%
  • Ted Howze (R)    27,987       37.5%

Large animal veterinarian Ted Howze has a shot at regaining the 10th District for Republicans.

21st District

  • TJ Cox (D)                              15,484   36.1%
  • David Valadao (R)                22,770   53.1%
  • Ricardo De La Fuente (D)   3,492       8.1%

Valadao won the Primary as another possible blue wave buster. The over 50% was impressive, but incumbent TJ Cox is still within striking distance, and there’s an awful lot of time until November.

24th District

  • Salud Carbajal (D) 76,467      52.2%
  • Andy Caldwell (R) 64,661      44.1%
  • Kenneth Young (NPP) 5,476  3.7%

With Carbajal and Caldwell so close, this is a race to watch in November.

25th District

  • Christy Smith (D) 26,305      29.8%
  • Mike Garcia (R) 22,542          25.5%
  • Steve Knight (R) 17,776          21.1%

The empty congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Katie Hill had 13 challengers. Assemblywoman Christy Smith is currently leading, with the Republican vote split. Going in to November, expect to see a real fight by Republicans to reclaim this seat.

28th District

  • Adam B. Schiff (D)  50,238    58.6%
  • Eric Early (R)   11,826   13.8%

With seven challengers to incumbent Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, Republican Eric Early came in second in this heavy Democrat district.

39th District

  • Gil Cisneros (D)  39,270   42.6%
  • Young Kim (R)    48,347   52.4%

Young and Cisneros are locked in for November, with Kim currently holding the cards to stop the blue wave in this suburban Orange County district.

48th District

  • Harley Rouda (D)  56,943   43.7%
  • Michelle Steel (R)  47,822   36.7%
  • Brian Burley (R)    16,654    12.8%

Rouda came in first in the Primary, but with many lingering Republican votes that came in for other candidates, Steel may have enough to get elected in November.

50 District

  • Ammar Campa-Najjar (D) 42,337   34.4%
  • Darrell Issa (R)                     30,603   24.9%
  • Carl DeMaio (R)                   25, 833   21%
  • Brian W. Jones (R)              13,309    10.8%

This hard fought seat, vacated by former Rep. Duncan Hunter, split the Republican vote in the Primary. This looks be a win for Issa in November if the Republican voters show up again.

State Senate

19th District

  • Monique Limon (D)   82,644   56.4%
  • Gary Michaels (R)      55,813    38.1%
  • Anastasia Stone (I)      8,063      5.5%

Assemblywoman Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara) comes in strongly in the primary and is currently running ahead of the 2nd place finisher Gary Michaels.

28th District

  • Melissa Melendez (R)    47,447    41.4%
  • Joy Silver (D)                  24,013    20.9%
  • Elizabeth Romero (D)   23,936    20.9%
  • John Schwab (R)            16,016      14%

29th District

  • Ling Ling Chang (R)   60,531    49.6%
  • Joseph Cho (D)            21,592    17.7%
  • Josh Newman (D)       39,849    32.7%

Josh Newman rises from the political ashes as he is back as the Democratic nominee after he was recalled a few years back. Considering Chang’s total, it will be a tight race. That recall will be hanging over the Anaheim area for months as both candidates campaign.

37th District

  • John Moorlach (R)  82,120        50%
  • Dave Min (D)            41,921        25.5%
  • Katrina Foley (D)     40,352       24.5%

Dave Min narowlly beats Costa Mesa Mayor Foley in a close race to face off against incumbent John Moorlach in November. The primary vote seems to give Moorlach the edge even with the Democratic votes being combined, but it still is a long way to November.

State Assembly

35th District

  • Jordan Cunningham (R)  58,854  61.2%
  • Dawn Addis (D)                 37,341   38.8%

Incumbent John Cunningham wins big in the Primary and looks set to keep his seat in November over the first round vote against Dawn Addis.

36th District

  • Tom Lackey (R)            20,554    59.8%
  • Steve Fox (D)                5,281     15.4%
  • Johnathon Ervin (D)   2,452      7.1%

Experience trumped party preference as Fox beat out Ervin to get the second spot here in November. Fox wants the seat back badly, but with Lackey getting a high primary total, Fox has his work cut out for him yet again.

55th District

  • Phillip Chen (R)             38,158    59.1%
  • Andrew Rodriguez (D) 26,430   40.9%

Chen takes a commanding lead from his Primary performance, solidifying his reelection favoritism in the 55th district in Orange County.

73rd District

  • Bill Brough (R)            16,109      17.9%
  • Laurie Davies (R)        24,993    27.8%
  • Ed Sachs (R)                 12,798    14.3%
  • Scott Rhinehart (D)    19,439    21.7%
  • Chris Duncan (D)        16,398    18.3%

Republican Laguna Niguel Mayor Laurie Davies and party backed Democrat Scott Rhinehart came out ahead of the scandal embattered Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) in the 73rd, creating yet another opportunity for Republicans to hold back the blue wave, as well as an opportunity for Democrats to move in.

77th District

  • Brian Maienschein (D)  48,105   54.9%
  • June Yang Cutter (R)     39,569   45.1%

Cutter crept up all night, but Maienschein enters the general with a healthy, but still close, lead.

Local

Pasadena Mayoral

  • Terry Tornek       7,325    44.3%
  • Victor Gordo       7,345    44.5%
  • Major Williams  1,281     7.7%

San Diego Mayoral

  • Todd Gloria (D)       72,254     40%
  • Scott Sherman (R)  46,248    26%
  • Barbara Bry (D)      443,147   24%

Issues

Proposition 13

  • Yes  2,091,410 43.9%
  • No  2,671,239 56.1%

Katy Grimes contributed to to this update. 

Evan Symon
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