Clinton, Harris are statewide election winners


June 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton wrapped up the Democratic nomination for president and state Attorney General Kamala Harris moved a step closer to becoming the second African-American women to serve in the U.S. Senate in voting here June 7.

Clinton won primaries in New Jersey and California to push her pass the number of delegates needed to capture the Democratic presidential nomination over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Harris ran first among a slate of 34 candidates seeking to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, who announced last year she would not seek re-election this year.

Harris, who captured 40.3 percent of the vote statewide, will face U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, in November. Sanchez received 18.5 percent of the vote. It is the first time Democrats will face each other in November in a U.S. Senate race under the state’s top-two primary rules that pit the top two vote-getters in the primary election against each other in the November general election no matter their party affiliation.

It will be the first time Republicans will not have a candidate for U.S. Senate on the ballot since the 17th Amendment to the Constitution was approved in 2013, calling for the popular election of senators instead of allowing state legislatures to appoint them.

According to the Los Angeles County registrar of Voters, 29.92 percent of registered voters went to the polls June 7.

In the 33rd Congressional District, incumbent Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu will face Kenneth Wright in November. Lieu received 69.11 percent of the vote in the primary against his only challenger, who had 30.89 percent. The district extends from the South Bay to Malibu and extends east to Beverly Hills.

In the 37th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass received 81.04 percent of the vote. She will face Chris Blake Wiggins, who received 9.92 percent of the vote, in November. The district includes parts of South Los Angeles and Culver City.

In the 50th Assembly District, Democratic incumbent Richard Bloom received 79.95 percent of the primary vote. He will face Matthew Gene Craffey, who had 20.05 percent, in November. The district includes Malibu, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Hollywood and part of West Los Angeles.

In the 54th Assembly District, Democratic incumbent Sebastian Ridley-Thomas received 83.19 percent of the vote. He will face Glen Ratcliff, who received 16.81 percent of the vote, in November.

His district includes South Los Angeles and Culver City.

 

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