WEST LOS ANGELES–On Tuesday, June 5, California held its presidential primary election, the first election in California to use the new “jungle” primary system, in which the top two candidates for any congressional and state legislator office will progress to the general election, regardless of party affiliation. In the June 2010 primary elections, voters approved Proposition 14, which mandated that the top two candidates in primary elections would advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation. On Tuesday, this new system was put to the test.
In California’s 33rd congressional district, which covers West Los Angeles and reaches down to Palos Verdes, Democratic incumbent Henry Waxman received an overwhelming 45.5 percent of the vote. He will face independent challenger Bill Bloomfield, who came in second with 24.6 percent of the vote.
In the 50th State Assembly district, the results were almost evenly split among the four candidates. Democratic incumbent Betsy Butler received 25.9 percent of the vote, closely followed by Democrat Richard Bloom at 25.6 percent with a different of only 102 votes. Democrat Torie Osborn and Republican Bradly Torgan came in at 24.3 percent and 24.2 percent respectively. The miniscule margin between Butler and Bloom will make this Assembly race a heavily contested race between two Democratic candidates.
Three State Senate districts cover the West L.A. area. In the 27th district, which includes Malibu, Democratic incumbent Fran Pavley received 49.4 percent, falling just over a thousand votes short of Republican challenger Todd Zink’s 50.6 percent. Results for the 26th and 27th districts are not yet provided by the Office of the Secretary of State.
On the state level, Senator Dianne Feinstein received 49.3 percent of the vote among 23 other challengers, most of which were Republicans. Republican Elizabeth Emken, an autism activist from the Bay Area, received 12.5 percent of the vote and will face Feinstein in November. All other candidates remained in the single digits. Proposition 28, which would limit legislators’ terms in office, passed by a huge margin of 61.4 percent to 38.6 percent. Proposition 29, which would impose a $1.00 tax per pack of cigarettes, failed to pass by a slim margin of 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent.
On the national level, President Barack Obama received 100 percent of the Democratic vote. Presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney received 79.6 percent of the Republican vote. Proposition 14’s top-two primary rule does not apply to the presidential race. Instead, only those registered as the same political party as the presidential candidate can vote for him or her in the primary elections. In addition to winning California, Mitt Romney won in every state that held primaries this Tuesday, including Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota.
Finally, unions and Democrats in Wisconsin took a harsh blow when their effort to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker failed. The recall effort began when Governor Walker’s administration ended collective bargaining rights for public employees to help relieve the state’s budget deficit. Walker defeated Democratic Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett with 53 percent of the vote.
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