The GOP Establishment Won
- - - The corrupt top two primary worked like a charm and prevented a Conservative from winning the GOP nomination for Governor.
Former Goldman Sachs banker and Treasury official Neel Kashkari won the right to face California Gov. Jerry Brown in the November general election Tuesday night.
With most precincts reporting early Wednesday, Kashkari, a Republican, only had 18.9 percent of the vote, but that was enough to best state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who could only manage 14.9 percent of the vote.
Lt. Governor - A Crooked Bastard Alert
GOP scumbag Ron Nehring won the right to face Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Well fuck this little bastard. As Chairman of the Republican Party Nehring was Arnold Schwarzenegger's partner in abolishing the Republican primary in order to allow "moderates" to defeat conservatives and also to ban independent and small political parties from general election ballots.
Nehring was also at Arnold's side while GOP legislators voted to increase taxes.
In protest against this creep I voted for the Peace and Freedom Party candidate. At least left-wingers are honest and do not pretend to be something they are not.
The One Republican Hope
GOP Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin is headed to a runoff in the race for state controller, but that's about the only thing Tuesday's election settled.
Most observers expected the runoff opponents under the new top-two format for statewide races would emerge from the trio of Swearengin, Perez and Yee. The strong showing by Evans, who lists his occupation as chief financial officer, tossed a wrench into those predictions.
"I think it would shock everyone if two Republicans made it through this primary," Swearengin said earlier Tuesday night, when the results had all four in a tight race. "Obviously I'm still cautiously optimistic and looking forward to getting the final vote count. Things are certainly trending in the right direction," reports the Fresno Bee.
Swearengin's campaign manager, Tim Clark, said he expected her to lock in her general election spot after more votes rolled in from the "big three" counties -- San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange -- where she did well after early returns.
Swearengin said that if she made it to November, she planned to announce her campaign chairs within the next two weeks, then spend the next few months barnstorming the state to meet with community groups and potential donors.
Locking down voters in the central San Joaquin Valley will be her first priority.
|Vote map breakdown for Controller|