Statewide seats surprisingly close

Statewide seats surprisingly close

Kamala-Harris-handsAside from Gov. Jerry Brown’s victory, 58 to 42, which I wrote about earlier, the other statewide races are surprisingly close in early returns, with 31.1 percent counted. Democrats probably will win them in the end. The national GOP tide has had some effect in California, albeit not enough for victory.

But the state GOP can take some encouragement from the results. In four years, Brown is barred from re-election, so that Democratic advantage will be gone.

Lt. Gov.: Incumbent Newsom over Ron Nehring, 55 to 45. Surprisingly close. Not good a good sign for a future Newsom bid for governor or U.S senator.

Attorney General: Incumbent Kamala Harris is up, 55 to 45, over Ronald Gold. Also surprisingly close, casting a shadow over her potential bid for governor or U.S. senator.

Secretary of state: A close one so far, with Alex Padilla up 51 to 49 over Pete Peterson.

Controller: Also close, with Betty Yee ahead of Ashley Swearengin, 52 to 48.

Treasurer: John Chiang, currently the popular and competent controller, is doing well, 57 to 43, against Greg Conlon. Might be a harbinger of a dark-horse Chiang gubernatorial bid.

Insurance commissioner: Incumbent Dave Jones is ahead of Ted Gaines, 55 to 45.





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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 4 November, 2014, 23:16

    I like Chiang. He strikes me as a pretty honest guy. Doesn’t lean heavily to the left. I was impressed by the way he handled himself as the Controller. If he does well as Treasurer I’d vote for him as governator in a NYC minute. I just hope he stays on the straight and narrow and doesn’t turn dirty like the large majority of them do. It would be nice to have at least one pol in Sactown who we could trust to do the right thing, morally and legally. 😉

    Newsome, Harris, Padilla and Yee all suck. Jones is alright as far as I know. 95% of the pols in Sactown are players. They’d steal the gold from your teeth given half a chance.

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  2. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 5 November, 2014, 10:31

    Yes, some of these races WERE closer than many of us figured. Very pleased with Nehring’s showing with a pittance of a campaign budget.

    But don’t get cocky, kid. This was the off-election year. What is perhaps most important is who DIDN’T vote — those legions of low information Democrats who can’t figure out how to vote by mail.

    So, as I see it, the future of these statewide elected Democrats is largely dependent on WHEN they run for higher office. If they run in a Presidential year, they are likely still unbeatable. If they run in the “off year” (like this year), at least it can be a competitive race.

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