Key Election Results

Updated March 13, 2020

Key Election Results from March 3, CA Primary

In March, California voters went to the polls to vote for presidential nominations, half the state Senate seats, every state Assembly seat, every Congressional seat, a statewide ballot initiative and numerous local measures. While there are still a lot of votes left to be counted, most of the election results are becoming clearer. You can view up-to-date election results on the Secretary of State’s website
Bernie Sanders won outright, but Biden will get a portion of the delegates. The question will be how many once final votes are counted. Something to watch for is whether this is a sign of Democratic voter sentiment. Meaning, will the progressive Democratic turnout embolden more progressive policy proposals this legislative session or on the November ballot.  
Ballot Measure
Prop. 13
: A $15 billion public education facilities bond appears headed to a defeat by a wide margin. Similarly, many local bond and tax increase measures are headed to defeat. Contrary to the Democratic presidential primary results, this could be a signal of overall voter sentiment related to tax/spending proposals. 
Key Contested State Senate Races

  • SD 5 (San Joaquin): In an expensive race to succeed Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D), the more liberal Asm. Susan Talamentes Eggman (D) outpaced Modesto councilmember Mani Grewal (D) and will face former Modesto mayor Jim Ridenour (R) in the general.
  • SD 7 (Tri-Valley): Sen. Steve Glazer (D), a moderate, withstood a labor-backed challenge by Marisol Rubio (D), and will face Julie Mobley (R) in November. This is largely a safe Democratic seat and Glazer is expected to be reelected in November.
  • SD 13 (San Mateo): Venture capitalist and non-profit director Josh Becker (D) will face engineer Alex Glew (R) in this safe Democratic seat in the race to succeed Sen. Jerry Hill (D).
  • SD 15 (San Jose): In a race to succeed Sen. Jim Beall (D), Santa Clara supervisor Dave Cortese (D) will face attorney Ann Ravel (D) in November.
  • SD 23 (Redlands): In a race to succeed Sen. Mike Morrell (R), the general election will be between Abigail Medina (D) and Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R).
  • SD 37 (Irvine-Anaheim Hills): Sen. John Moorlach (R) is below 50%, while his two Democratic challengers make of the remaining votes. Irvine law professor Dave Min is currently the runner-up at while Costa Mesa mayor Katrina Foley is close behind in third. This heading towards a closely contested race in November.
Key Contested State Assembly Races
  • AD 9 (South Sacramento-Elk Grove): Asm. Jim Cooper (D), a key moderate Democrat, withstood a challenge from the left by small businesswoman Tracie Stafford (D) and will face retired businessman Eric Regard (R) in November. 
  • AD 13 (Stockton): In the race to succeed Asm. Susan Talamentes Eggman (D), it appears that Democrats Carlos Villapudua and Kathy Miller are headed to the general, but another Democrat Christina Fugazi is close behind. 
  • AD 25 (Hayward-Santa Clara): In a race to replace Kansen Chu, who ran for Santa Clara County supervisor, it appears former legislative aide Alex Lee (D) will face businessman Bob Brunton (R). Lee has a slim lead for second place over college trustee Anne Kepner (D). This is a safe Democratic seat
  • AD 33 (San Bernardino high desert): Former Hesperia councilmember Thurston Smith (R) will face Big Bear Lake councilmember Rick Herrick (R) in November in the race to succeed Asm. Jay Obernolte, who is running for Congress.
  • AD 36 (Palmdale): Tom Lackey (R) will face former Asm. Steve Fox (D) in November. Fox was part of multiple settlements for inappropriate actions while in office.
  • AD 37 (Santa Barbara): In the race to succeed Monique Limón (who is running for SD 19), Ventura County supervisor Steve Bennett (D) will face businessman Charles W. Cole (R). This is a safe Democrat district.
  • AD 38 (Santa Clarita): In a race to replace Christy Smith (D), who is running for Congress, a crowded Democratic field split the Democratic vote to allow two Republicans (Suzette Valladares and Lucie Volotzky) to advance to the general. This seat will flip from Democrat to a Republican seat.
  • AD 42 (Yucaipa): Asm. Chad Mayes, who changed his registration from Republican to NPP last year, captured first place and will face San Jacinto mayor Andrew Kotyuk (R) in November. 
  • AD 57 (Whittier): In one of the most expensive races, labor backed Democrat Lisa Calderon (D) will defeat business backed Democrat Sylvia Rubio (D) to face Republican Jessica Martinez (R) in November. This is a safe Democrat seat.
  • AD 59 (South Los Angeles): In a district of changing demographics from black to Latino, chamber consultant Efren Martinez (D) leads incumbent Asm. Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D). The two will head to a rematch in November.  
  • AD 67 (Murrieta): In a race to succeed Melissa Melendez (who is running for SD 28), Murrieta mayor Kelly Seyarto (R) will face business owner Jerry Carlos (D) in November. This is a safe Republican district. 
  • AD 68 (Irvine): In a seat Democrats are eyeing to flip, Asm. Steve Choi (R) will face Irvine councilmember Melissa Fox (D) in a closely contested race in November. 
  • AD 72 (Garden Grove-Westminster): Currently, former Sen. Janet Nguyen (R) and Asm. Tyler Diep (R) are headed to November. However, Democrat Deidre Nguyen is close behind Diep.
  • AD 73 (Dana Point): Embattled by harassment allegations, Asm. Bill Brough (R) will not be reelected. Laguna Niguel mayor Laurie Davies (R) will face business services director Scott Rhinehart (D) in November. This is a safe Republican district.
  • AD 77 (North San Diego): Asm. Brian Maienschein, who switched from Republican to Democratic registration last year will face attorney June Yang Cutter (R) in November.