And the 2014 losers are…
June 3, 2014
It’s an off year, so we’re switching things up in the CCN Election Center. Hopefully your candidate is not the unlucky one.
We, of course, will bring you the winners as well as the losers. And before that, we will deliver updates as they come in.
Will this be the year two sitting supervisors are lame ducks, or will they shrug off all challengers? Might one race be headed for November, and will the two district attorney candidates settle things once and for all with a fist fight?
It’s 8’oclock, and it is time to start divulging some returns.
Feel free to comment as they come in.
8:09 Six of 151 precincts reporting: Gibson: 66.97 percent of the vote. Are you going to quit now or play it out, Los Osos?
8:12 These figures, including above, reflect none of today’s polling places but all vote by mail ballots returned by Monday. We move to the fourth district: Compton: 45.99, Ray: 42.61, Byrd: 11.25.
8:17 The vote by mails on the DA’s race — Dow: 53.66, Covello: 44.25.
8:18 Initial returns on Morro Bay mayor are Irons: 55.26, Wixom: 44.21.
8:23 The all important clerk-recorder race appears to be a two-way battle between Tommy Gong and Amanda King. Gong: 45.01, King: 44.25, Ann Danko: 10.30.
8:27 Again, these figures are all of the vote by mail returns, excluding those turned in today. They total 32,400 ballots.
8:29 For those zeroed in on the clerk recorder’s race, Tommy Gong is supervising election procedures, and on top of that, he’s on the ballot. Don’t worry, though. Gong is only taking inventory, and he is neither counting nor handling ballots, he informs CalCoastNews.
8:34 In the Morro Bay City Council race, incumbent Nancy Johnson is noticeably trailing upon the initial tally. Matt Makowetski: 39.57, John Headding: 34.78, Johnson: 24.86.
8:37 Los Osos, Muril Clift checked in at 32.69. That figure does include all Distric 2 ballots turned in by Monday.
8:57 And to Sacramento or Los Angeles or Hollywood or wherever they are camped: Jerry Brown is a winner. Duh. With 8.6 percent of statewide precincts reporting, Neel Kashakari is up on Tim Donnelly 17.3 to 14.2. In the governor’s race, the second place finisher is the big winner. We will keep an eye on this race throughout the night.
9:12 Early on, there is a three-way battle to become Lois Capps’s 2014 challenger. Republicans Chris Mitchum, Justin Fareed and Dale Francisco are in a tight race. Mitchum: 14.9, Fareed: 14.9 Francisco: 12.5. Only 6.2 percent of the 24th District precincts have reported in this race. Capps is comfortably at 44.3 despite the recent headlines.
9:22 New numbers — 15 more precincts have been counted. Nothing yet added, though, from the fourth district. Those ballots just began to arrive.
9:23 Dow: 53.13, Covello: 44.66
9:27 It appears nothing new has come in from Morro Bay. It’s still Irons: 55.26, Wixom: 44.21.
9:40 For Covello’s sake, hopefully the judges’ ballots have not yet been counted. Oh wait, those men in robes are not registered in this county. Dow’s lead of more than 8 percent is very commanding.
9:42 Thirteen percent of statewide precincts are reporting — Kashkari: 17.6, Donnelly 14.8.
9:45 Fourth district update — Compton: 46.09, Ray 42.47
9:54 One third of San Luis Obispo county precincts are now reporting.
Compton: 46.05, Ray: 42.58
Dow: 52.76, Covello: 44.96
10:00 Were Morro Bay politicos too busy attacking each other on Facebook to show up to the polls? We’re two hours in, and there are still no new tallies from that slow, sleepy town. Initial returns showed Irons holding a sizable lead and Johnson trailing considerably in the council race.
10:10 Ladies and gentlemen, weighing in with 99.03 precent of the vote, your undisputed Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector and Public Administrator of San Luis Obispo County is the one, and very much only, James P. Erb. Jim would like to celebrate his big win, but he is asking where he can find a party in San Luis Obispo. Is anyone offering an invite for the SLO County ACTTCPA?
10:13 Compton: 46.14, Ray: 42.53. Now, 56 of 151 precincts are reporting. It’s looking more likely that the South County sign wars will rage on until November.
10:23 Dow still holding onto a comfortable lead: 52.75 to Covello’s 44.95. DA write-ins are getting 2.3 percent.
10:30 Kashkari is holding his lead over Donnelly with 25.2 percent of statewide precincts reporting. Kashkari: 17.6, Donnelly: 14.8.
10:34 Nearly 2/3 of countywide precincts are now reporting:
Dow: 52.92, Covello: 44.87
10:39 Compton and Ray like each other so much that they’ll remain acquaintances until November. Compton: 46.62, Ray: 42.43. Only two precincts are yet to report in the fourth district.
10:53 Two of seven precincts reporting in Morro Bay:
Irons: 55.65, Wixom: 43.85
Makowetski: 40.31, Headding: 34.22, Johnson: 24.61
11:02 SLO County is up in arms over choosing a top prosecutor but is apparently quite lax in its opposition to gun running. Crime boss Leland Yee is pulling in 10.6 percent of the statewide secretary of state vote, but 11.26 percent of county voters are fingering the out-on-bail former senator.
11:07 100 percent of SLO County precincts reporting!
Dow: 53.30, Covello: 44.53
Compton: 46.43, Ray: 42.60, Byrd: 10.80
Gibson: 66.77, Clift: 32.90
Irons: 56,73, Wixom: 42.84
Makowetski: 41.1, Headding: 33.73, Johnson: 24.35
11:17 The clerk-recorder’s race is heading to November for a Gong-King runoff.
Gong: 45.37, King: 43.82, Danko: 10.62
11:21 Elections officials will count the few remaining vote by mail ballots tomorrow, but none of the county primary races remain up in the air. Gibson, Dow and Irons are big winners. Johnson is voted off the Morro Bay council, and a lot of campaigning remains in both the fourth district and clerk-recorder races.
11:45 Kashkari: 18.1, Donnelly: 14.7 with 49 percent reporting statewide. CPS workers still awake may soon let off a sigh of relief.
11:55 Chris Mitchum is your Monday night winner in the race to face Lois Capps. Mitchum: 15.6, Justin Fareed: 14.7, Dale Francisco: 12.0. All precincts have reported, but we will see if those tallies hold tomorrow.
12:28 4,617 SLO County voters (and counting) have selected Leland Yee to become California’s next secretary of state. Mr. Yee is pleading the fifth on an election night address to his supporters.
12:40 Donnelly has conceded. Kashkari has won the race for second. Brown has won over more than 50 percent of voters and is likely asleep. We’ll call it a night, too.