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California Primary Election: GOP Gets a Leg Up, Dems Face Close Race for Waxman’s Seat
Posted on Jun 4, 2014
Just half an hour after the polls closed in California on Tuesday night, Gov. Jerry Brown was so sure of his status as the clear leader in the Golden State’s gubernatorial sweepstakes that he made a victory speech at the governor’s mansion. Those vying for Rep. Henry Waxman’s seat, however, weren’t granted that kind of confidence.
Brown, who has presided (this time around) over Sacramento politics since 2010 outstripped his closest contender, Republican Neel Kashkari, with 54.5 percent of the vote compared with Kashkari’s 19 percent tally.
Those not seized by the American mainstream media’s epidemic short-term memory syndrome (or MSMESMS, for short) may recall that Kashkari played a part in the Great Bailout of ’08, serving as interim assistant secretary of the Treasury for financial stability from October 2008 to May 2009. Although this was one of the state’s worst-attended primary elections in recent history, Kashkari will likely have a hard time winning the chance to bring his brand of financial stability to California in November’s general election.
In the crowded contest for the 33rd Congressional District, the seat long held by Rep. Henry Waxman, Republican Elan Carr took the top spot with 21.5 percent, no doubt aided by the sheer number of candidates—18 in all, 15 of whom do not share his party affiliation.
The Los Angeles Times broke down the returns on Wednesday morning:
For a complete list of California primary election results, click here.
—Posted by Kasia Anderson
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