March Election Recap: Biden strikes back! Bernie wins the California Democratic primary, San Gabriel Valley election results
IRWINDALE - The March primary election blew through the Golden State and across the nation as voters cast ballots in states coast to coast on Super Tuesday. Former Vice President Joe Biden stormed back to win primaries in Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, Massachusetts, Maine, Arkansas, Minnesota, North Carolina and Alabama while Senator Bernie Sanders won California, Utah, Colorado, and his home state of Vermont. With other major Democratic contenders like Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Mayor Mike Bloomberg having dropped out of the presidential race, it sets up a mano-a-mano duel between Biden and Sanders for the Democratic nomination.
Here in the San Gabriel Valley, votes are still being counted and will continue to be counted for the next two weeks at least, but highlights of key races with preliminary results are listed below:
-57th Assembly District: In the open seat contest on the southern edge of the San Gabriel Valley, covering South El Monte, Industry, and Hacienda Heights, lone Republican Jessica Martinez leads a crowded field of Democratic challengers with 13,270 votes and 29.52% of the overall vote. Martinez will make the top-two runoff and face Democrat Lisa Calderon who has 8,874 or 19.74% of the vote so far, ahead of fellow Democrat Sylvia Rubio by 864 votes. This is a close race so watch the vote totals in the days ahead.
-Pasadena Mayoral Race: Challenger Victor Gordo leads incumbent Mayor Terry Tornek by 979 votes in a close contest that will likely have the two face off in November.
-LA County Parcel Tax Measure FD Narrowly Passing: The county parcel tax measure to fund County Fire Department services is narrowly passing with 52.52% of the vote (210,733 votes in support) at this time.
-LA County Supervisors and LA County District Attorney: LA County Supervisors Janice Hahn (4th District) and Kathryn Barger (5th District) both appear to be comfortably ahead in their races and headed towards re-election. In the open 2nd County Supervisorial seat, LA City Councilman Herb Wesson and State Senator Holly Mitchell will head to a run-off in November. LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey leads her two competitors with 50.69% of the vote.
-Sales Tax Increase Measures: City sales tax increases passed in Alhambra, Azusa, Duarte, La Verne, Montebello, and San Gabriel but failed in San Dimas (60.87% - No), West Covina (78.91% - No) and Monterey Park (69.20% - No).
-Contested La Verne Mayoral Race: Councilman Tim Hepburn leads incumbent Mayor Don Kendrick in a tight race by 599 votes.
-Monrovia Mayor/City Council race: Incumbent Mayor Tom Adams and incumbent Councilmembers Becky Shevlin and Gloria Crudington appear headed towards re-elected.
Follow this link to see the results of the SGV city elections.
Full LA County vote results can be tracked at the LA County Registrar's Office. The California Secretary of State tracks State Legislative results as well as Congressional races. Please visit those links for updated vote totals as more ballots are counted in the days ahead.
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