U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla (Courtesy photo)

Many of the candidates endorsed by the L.A. Sentinel editorial board fared well in the June 7 primary, based on the election results released by the Los Angeles County Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk on June 8.

U.S. Senator Alex Padilla garnered more than 50% of the votes, thus avoiding a runoff with other contenders. Padilla received 65% of the votes for the full term as senator and 67% for the short term.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters smashed her challengers as well by receiving 75% of the votes to represent the U.S. 43rdCongressional District. Congresswoman Nanette Barragán performed likewise, receiving nearly 72% of the votes in the 44th Congressional District.

State Senator Sydney Kamlager held a wide margin over her opponents vying for the U.S. Representative  – 37th District. At press time, she attracted 44.8% of the votes. Her closest contender received 18.4% of the votes.

Governor Gavin Newsom trounced his competitors to secured his spot as the state chief executive. The returns favored him with 67% of the vote with 365,731. Dr. Shirley Weber tallied comparable numbers in the race for Secretary of State.  She received 365,517 or 69% of the total votes cast. Supt. of Public instruction Tony Thurmond reaped 52%with 261,080 votes.

The Sentinel backed Malia Cohen for State Controller and it appears she will be in a runoff with Lanhee Chen, the Republican candidate.  At press time, Cohen had 116,960 or 22.8 % to Chen’s 144,684 or 27.3%.

Lola Smallwood-Cuevas was leading all challengers for State Senator – 28th District.  She pulled 41% of the votes over the nearest contender, who had 32.8%.

Also, all State Assembly candidates backed by the Sentinel were on the road to winning in their districts. They include Chris Holden (D-41), Isaac Bryan (D-55), Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-57), and Mike Gipson (D-65).

For local city offices, L.A. Councilmember Curren Price handily won another term with  69% of the vote. Rex Richardson was leading all challengers hoping to the next mayor of Long Beach with 44% of the vote.

For the latest results of all elections, visit lavote.net