Last Tuesday’s voting was the first primary with the new rules about the two highest vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation
This June 5-primary is California’s first foray into the unchartered waters where the top two vote-getters will face off in the general election regardless of their party affiliation. Tuesday night saw the first real test of this system.
This new system coupled with the recently-drawn redistricting boundaries has some veteran politicians careers in limbo – if not this time, maybe in the future – especially some members in Congress, where there are no term limits.
The most closely watched races in the Southland are: District Attorney for Los Angeles County; Congressional District 44; Assembly districts 41 and 59. New candidates are vying for district attorney and assembly seats 41 and 59. Two incumbents are also vying for the newly created congressional district number 44.
At presstime, the election results according to the Los Angeles County Resgistrar-Recorder were as follows:
Jackie Lacey was ahead with 31.59 percent
Alan Jackson came in second 23.61 percent
Carmen Trutanich third with 22.7 percent
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE – 44 TH DISTRICT
Janice Hahn was ahead with 59.76 percent
Laura Richardson, second 40.24 percent
Chris Holden was ahead with 30.1 percent
Donna Lowe, second with 21.93 percent
Ed Colton, third with 16.88 percent
Holly Mitchell ahead with 71.01 percent
Keith Mc Cowen, second 17.28 percent
Reginald Jones-Sawyer ahead 43.1percent
Rodney Robinson, second with 19.08 percent
Greg Akili, third with 17.46 percent
With the new rules in California, only those candidates/incumbents with 100 percent do not have to face an opponent in the general election in November. Of course this does not apply to presidential candidates.