Incumbents holding strong across California

Incumbents holding strong across California

The initial results for some vote-by-mail ballots for the first statewide election to test California's top-two primary system have revealed that incumbents are holding strong throughout the state.

On Tuesday, voters cast votes for state offices ranging from governor to insurance commissioner, and congressional to legislative seats. Voters in Southern California weighed countywide offices, including that of sheriff of Los Angeles County.

Incumbent Governor Jerry Brown reportedly outshined challengers with 57.5 per cent of all votes cast. Neel Kashkari, Mr. Brown's Republican challenger, could get only 16.8 per cent of all votes cast. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly followed at the third spot with 13.6 per cent of votes.

It was the first time that candidates for the governor's seat and other offices of the state were subject to the top-two system.

Jim McDonnell, chief of the Long Beach Police Department, took a commanding lead in his bid for sheriff, with nearly 47 percent of all votes cast. With 15.3 per cent of votes, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka followed in second place. Former sheriff's Commander Bob Olmsted grabbed the third spot with just 9.7 per cent. There were seven candidates in the race for the job.

In the race for the Third District seat on the Board of Supervisors, state Senator Sheila Kuehl received 35 per cent of the vote. Former Santa Monica Councilman Bobby Shriver and West Hollywood Councilman John Duran received 29.9 per cent and 15 per cent of votes, respectively.

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