Early election results come in

County votes for status quo, state could see shift toward center

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Early election results come inVoters cast their ballots at Kerr McGee Center Tuesday evening for the June Primary Election. — Photo by Laura Austin

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Runoffs for the November General Elections, and a few outright wins, are shaping up after unofficial results were tallied following Tuesday’s primary election.

At the local level, conservative heavyweights from Bakersfield commanded enough of a lead in state and federal races to forego a runoff in November.

Kevin McCarthy handily defeated five challengers for the District 23 seat in the House of Representatives, earning 69.8 percent of the vote. Shannon Grove, the former assemblywoman who faced two challengers for the State Senate District 16 seat to be vacated soon by Jean Fuller, won 59.9 percent of the vote.

Vince Fong easily held off the sole challenger for Fong’s second term in the 34th District Assembly seat, earning 77.2 percent of the vote.

Kern County voters also had a rare opportunity to select two judges this cycle. Sitting Superior Court Judge (Office No. 14) John Fielder earned 52.2 percent of the vote to hold off challenger Cole McKnight, who earned 35.8 percent of the vote.

Chad Louie won the seat for Office No. 10, earning 54 percent of the vote to defeat his opponent Brandon Martin, who won 37.1 percent.

Cynthia Zimmer earned 54 percent of the vote to Scott Spielman’s 46 percent to win the seat for district attorney. Sheriff Donny Youngblood won 67 percent of the vote to hold his seat against a challenge from Justin Fleeman, who earned 33 percent. (See related story, this page).

Uncontested county offices will continue to be held by County Superintendent of Schools Mary Barlow, Assessor-Recorder Jon Lifquist, Auditor-Controller Mary Bedard and Treasurer-Tax Collector Jordan Kauffman.

At the state level, former Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat with 33.4 percent of the vote, and businessman John Cox, a Republi-can with 26.2 percent of the vote, came out with strong leads in a field of more than 20 challengers for the seat left vacant by termed-out Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

Cox will be the first conservative candidate to earn a seat in the run-off since California adopted the open primary system in 2011 — which eliminated the partisan ballot during primary elections.

Other runoffs in the November General Election will include:

• Lt. Gov — Ed Hernandez (D), 20.8 percent, and Eleni Kounalakis (D), 23.4 percent

• Treasurer — Fiona Ma (D), 43.2 percent, and Greg Conlon (R), 22 percent

• Attorney General — Xavier Becerra (D), 45.3 percent, and Steven Bailey (R), 25.3 percent

• Insurance Commissioner — Ricardo Lara (D), 40.6 percent, and Steve Poizner (R), 41.3 percent

• Superintendent of Public Instruction — Tony Thurmond, 34.3 percent,, and Marshall Tuck, 37.1 percent

• U.S. Senate — Dianne Feinstein (D), 43.8 percent and Kevin DeLeon (D), 11.3 percent

Winning seats outright were Alex Padilla (D), who earned 51.5 percent of the vote for Secretary of State; and Betty Yee (D), 60.9 percent for Controller.

Democrat Tom Hallinan, with 38.4 percent of the vote, will face Republican Ted Gaines, with 32.8 percent support, in the November General Election to determine the seat for 1st District Board of Equalization.

Proposition 70 (Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund) was the only initiative that failed to gain voter approval, earning only 36.4 percent of the vote.

Measures that garnered voter approval include:

• Prop 68 (Natural Resources Bond), 56 percent

• Prop 69 (Transportation Revenue: Restrictions and Limits), 80.4 percent

• Prop 71 (Ballot Measures: Effective Date), 76.8 percent

• Prop 72 (Property Tax: New Construction, Rain-Capture), 83.3 percent

Additional county election information can be found at elections.co.kern.ca.us. Details about state results can be viewed at sos.ca.gov. Final results will be available in July.

Story First Published: 2018-06-08