Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Gov. Jerry Brown led Democratic candidates’ strong showing in the California primary by topping the polls for the post to keep his reelection bid alive.
Brown held 55.1 percent of votes with more than half of the state’s precincts at least partially reporting by Tuesday night. Republican Neel Kashkari had 18.2 percent of votes to face the governor on Nov. 4. At third is also a Republican, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who garnered 14.8 percent of the votes.
Republicans were competitive in other races with candidates running for controller and secretary of state clinching challenger roles in the November general elections and threatening to end a Democratic supermajority in the state Assembly and Senate. State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) and Pete Peterson, a Republican and executive director of a public policy think tank at Pepperdine University, topped the field in the race for secretary of state. They will face one another in November.
Republican Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin topped the race for state controller with Assemblyman John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) coming in second. At close third is Betty Yee, a Democratic Board of Equalization member while fourth is little-known Republican David Evans, a former California City mayor.
Republican gang prosecutor Elan Carr topped the race for the seat of retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) with State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) at second and former Democratic Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel at third.
For the seat of retiring Rep. Gary G. Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga), military veteran Paul Chabot, a Republican, leads the race with Democratic Mayor Pete Aguilar in second place.