As most races appeared to settle into grooves that may not change as the final rounds of Los Angeles County primary votes are counted, U.S. House District 37 remained a cliffhanger.
A new member of Congress is guaranteed from this central L.A. district.
State Democratic Sen. Sydney Kamlager is bound for a November runoff, but Democrats Jan Perry and Daniel Lee remain tangled in a tight battle for second, with 18.4% and 17.7%, respectively. Lee slashed Perry’s lead down to 674 votes as the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office released more results from this month’s primary election on Friday, June17.
The estimated number of outstanding ballots to be processed is now 74,100, according to a release from the registrar’s office. The next update is Tuesday.
Here’s how some other close races were impacted by the latest wave of tabulations:
In the race for the open seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, front-runner Bob Hertzberg lost a wee bit of his lead over Lindsey Horvath, but the probability the two will face-off in a November run-off seemed more inevitable.
State Sen. Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, leads the race with 103,461 votes, or 31.2%, followed by Horvath, a West Hollywood City Council member, with 91,572 votes, or 27.6%
The two candidates most likely will continue the contest in the fall for the Third District seat being vacated by long-time political icon Sheila Kuehl.
Third-place finisher State Sen. Henry Stern, D-Malibu, slimmed the margin between himself and Horvath — with 80,272, or 24.2% of the vote — but still has significant ground to make up before the election is declared final.
The vast, 431-square-mile Third District stretches from Malibu and Santa Monica into the eastern and northeastern San Fernando Valley.
There was no significant shift between former Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna and incumbent Sheriff Alex Villanueva in the race for Los Angeles County sheriff. The pair appear bound for a November runoff.
Front-runner Villanueva has 443,789 votes, up from 300,508 votes. His percentage of the vote dipped to about 31% from 32% on Wednesday.
New results show runner-up Luna with 372,245 votes, up from 300,102 votes. His percentage of the vote remained at about 26%.
But third place-finisher Eric Strong picked dup his pace, with 221,874 votes, or 15.4%, but he still trailed Luna by double digits.
In local races, up to the county level, a winner can elude a November runoff by earning more than 50% of the votes. But for statewide races, including Assembly and state Senate, as well as Congressional races, the top two candidates will move on to face each other in the general election, regardless of the gap between candidates.
State Assembly District 34: In Southern California’s High Desert, two prominent Republican legislators who found themselves sharing the newly formed Assembly District 34 provided appeared more assured of battling one another in a November runoff.
Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith, R-Apple Valley, lost a bit of his margin but still leads District 34, with 32.5% pf the vote. Runner up Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale widened his lead over Democrat Rita Ramirez Dean from 221 votes to 962. With no one garnering 50% of the vote, the top two will be headed to a runoff in November.
The district now ranges from the top of L.A. County to the Nevada border.
State Assembly District 61: Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles remains in the lead for the new 61st District, with Democrat Tina Simon McKinnor, a nonprofit director, still firmly in second. The likely runoff between the two in the special election will be to replace Autumn Burke in the current 62nd District — after her stunning resignation. As of Tuesday, Pullen-Miles has 23,628 votes, or 38.6% and McKinnor has 19,735 votes, or 32.2%. The new 61st District, which includes Inglewood, Venice and Hawthorne, is essentially the same as the current 62nd.
State Assembly District 69: Long Beach City Councilman Al Austin II solidified his hold on second place, with third place candidate Janet Foster falling to pick up significant ground. Josh Lowenthal — son of current U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal — remained in the lead with 45.6%. The district covers almost all of Long Beach, as well as Signal Hill and most of Carson.
State Senate District 20: In the race for this newly redrawn Latino-voter majority district — which stretches from Burbank to Pacoima to San Fernando to Canoga Park — Democrat Daniel Hertzberg, son of state Senate Majority leader and former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg — saw his lead slip by a couple of percentage points. Hertzberg now has 32,327 votes, or 30.9 %. Democrat Caroline Menjivar has 29.4%, trailing by 1,596 votes. Republican Ely De La Cruz Ayao slipped to 25.7% from 27% on Friday.
U.S. House District 23: The margin between the candidates battling for second place — incumbent Republican Rep. Jay Obernolte has about 61% of the vote — grew bigger. Democrat Derek Marshall widened his lead over fellow Democrat Victorville Councilwoman Blanca Gomez to 4,229 votes. This district covers the desert between the Antelope Valley and the Nevada border (only grazing L.A. County).
U.S. House District 30: G. “Maebe A. Girl” Pudlo, who became the first drag performer elected to public office in California by snagging a seat on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, appears headed for a runoff against national power player Rep. Adam Schiff. The Burbank Democrat dominated the vote, with more than 60% against eight challengers. But runner-up Pudlo now leads the third-place finisher, Republican Ronda Kennedy, by 6,160 votes. Pudlo would be a longshot, but is eager to bring attention to transgender people via the campaign.
State races: Republican Robert Howell leads Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine by 28,276 votes in the race for second place in the insurance commissioner’s contest entering today’s resumption of ballot counting.
Howell began Thursday’s vote count with a 25,401-vote lead. The cybersecurity equipment manufacturer led by 13,692 votes entering Wednesday’s count and 18,689 votes entering Tuesday’s.
Howell has1,074,768 votes (18.2%) to 1,046,492 (17.8%) for Levine, D-San Rafael. Incumbent Democrat Ricardo Lara leads with 2,132,349 votes (36.2%).
Lance Ray Christensen moved to 43,241 votes ahead of George Yang in the race for the second spot in the November ballot for state superintendent of public instruction.
Christensen has 653,061 votes (11.9%) to 609,820 for Yang (11.1%). Incumbent Tony K. Thurmond leads the nonpartisan contest with2,525,388 votes (46.0%).
In the attorney general’s race, former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Nathan Hochman saw his lead over fellow Republican Eric Early, an attorney and business owner, land at 116,935 votes
Hochman has 1,119,201 votes (18.5%) to 1,002,266 (16.6%) for Early. Appointed Democratic incumbent Rob Bonta leads with 3,296,602 (54.5%).
City News Service contributed to this report
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