Special election heats up on the Central Coast
June 14, 2010
Capital staffers from both Republican and Democratic parties have flocked to the Central Coast to promote their respective candidates to fill the 15th Senate District seat recently vacated by Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado. [CapitolWeekly]
A special election is set for Tuesday, June 22. If none of the four candidates get 50 percent of the vote, plus one, a runoff election follows in August.
A poll run by the Democratic contender’s campaign shows that former Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, and Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, are running neck and neck with Laird at 32 percent and Blakeslee at 33 percent.
Special elections typically have a lower than average turnout. Since the race’s outcome depends largely on turnout, both of the major parties have sent droves of staffers to Monterey, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo.
Both camps are focusing on bringing their own voters to the polls, rather than swaying independents.
The Laird campaign is sending staffers to walk districts seeking the Latino voters who supported Maldonado’s wins in 2004 and 2008.
GOP staffers are also walking districts and manning phone banks. They have been focusing on voters in the San Jose area.
Sam Blakeslee will be interviewed on KVEC 920 AM Wednesday from 5:05 to 6 p.m. John Laird will take the same time spot on Thursday. Listener phone calls for both candidates are invited.