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Latest California Primary Coverage and Results

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

5:00 P.M. 

Hundreds of Thousands of Votes, Maybe More, Remain Uncounted
(AP) The votes are all in for the California primary but many remained uncounted. That leaves some races still up in the air, notably the outcome of Proposition 29, which would raise taxes on cigarettes.

With more voters casting their ballots by mail local election officials say they can't process them all on election day, even one like Tuesday's that produced one of the lowest turnouts ever for a statewide primary.

While tabulations show votes from all precincts across the state, many votes will remain uncounted for up to days and even weeks.

No one has a precise estimate on the uncounted votes statewide but it's at least hundreds of thousands and perhaps a million or more.

Many unprocessed ballots are from people who mail in their ballots near the deadline or drop off at their polling sites. 

2:30 P.M.

Regional Roundup

Journalists from the Stockton Record, the Auburn Journal, the Davis Enterprise and the Sacramento Bee talk with Insight host Beth Ruyak about election results from around the region. Listen here.

9:55 A.M.

Prop 29: Approximately 200,000 Mail-in Votes Yet To Be Counted

The ballot measure that would raise an estimated $810 million a year for cancer research by imposing an additional one dollar tax on a pack of cigarettes is still too close to call, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Ricardo Quinto, a spokesman for the Yes on 29 campaign, said his group is not conceding defeat. With an estimated 200,000 mail-in votes remaining to be counted, the Yes votes trailed by more than 60,000 votes out of 3.8 million ballots already counted.

"Yes" votes account for 50.8 percent of the vote, with 49.2 percent in the "No" column.

See the San Francisco Chronicle story


9:05 A.M.

Same party candidates to meet in November general election

Members of the same party will face each other in at least 20 California races in the November general election. The Sacramento Bee reports that the odd situation was created by the new top-two primary system, in which voters cast ballots for candidates of any party, with the two highest vote-getters advancing to the general election.

Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/06/nearly-two-dozen-races-to-feature-same-party-candidates-in-fall.html#storylink=cpy

See the Sacramento Bee story

Voters approve most local tax and bond measures

Preliminary election night results show that voters approved 55 of 87 local tax and bond measures according to Michael Coleman, fiscal policy advisor for the League of California Cities.

Similar to previous years, school parcel taxes and bonds fared better than non-school parcel taxes and bonds with 2 out of 3 passing. But 14 of the 18 city and county general purpose tax measures were approved.

These are the preliminary election night results released by county elections officials.  Coleman said final results will be completed by the end of the month. 

See the preliminary report

8:30 A.M.

Stockton mayoral candidates set for November election

Incumbent Stockton Mayor Ann Johnson will face Anthony Silva in the general election in November. Johnson won more than 41 percent of the vote. She will face Anthony Silva, who got about 21 per cent.

See the full story

Taxes for Fire Protection Fail

Two Sacramento-area fire districts failed in Tuesday's 
election to increase taxes on residents. The taxes would have gone to fire protection and paramedic services

See the full story

6:20 A.M.

Davis Park Maintenance Measure Passes Easily

Measure D in the City of Davis has been overwhelming approved by voters.

The measure to extend a parcel tax to pay for park maintenance won with an 84 per cent "yes" vote. It won in every precinct in the city.

The vote extends the $49 annual tax on residential parcels through 2018. Non-residential parcels will be taxed at a rate of $40 per 1,000 square feet, not to exceed 10,000 square feet.

See all Yolo County primary results


5:54 A.M.

Cigarette Tax Measure Fails By Narrow Margin

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Proposition 29, the ballot measure that would have added $1 to the cost of a pack of cigarettes, failed by a narrow margin.

No 1,958,047 (50.8%)

Yes 1,894,871 (49.2%) 

See the statewide voting map for Proposition 29

A measure that would have raised the California state tax on a pack of cigarettes by a dollar has failed, but the vote was close.

With all precincts reporting, the Secretary of State's office says Proposition 29 lost, with 50.8 per cent of voters rejecting it, and 49.2 per cent voting for it.

The measure carried in only 17 of California's 58 counties.  It won majorities in the Bay Area and coastal counties, but lost almost all of inland California. Proposition 29 won majorities in Yolo and Solano Counties, but failed in Sacramento County.

Meanwhile, Proposition 28 (Term Limits), passed easily:

Yes 2,319,918 (61%)

No 1,456,749 (39%)

See the statewide voting map for Proposition 28

Read Ben Adler's report on Proposition 28 here

1:15 A.M

With results nearly dead even  as Tuesday turned to Wednesday, both sides of the Proposition 29 (Cigarette Tax) contest acknowledged they won't know who won for some time. Here are results from The Associated Press as of 1:15 A.M.

No 1,705,549 (50% )

Yes 1,676,026 (50%)

Read Ben Adler's report on Prop 29 results here

Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of voters said yes to Proposition 28 (Term Limits)

Yes  2,053,535  (62%)

No   1,260,923  (38%)

Here's our report on Prop 28

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has easily won her primary election race, advancing to the November ballot. She will face GOP-endorsed autism activist Elizabeth Emken. Read full story from SFGate

In the race for the 7th Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) and Elk Grove resident Dr. Ami Bera, a Democrat who lost to Lungren in 2010, are headed for a rematch.  As of 11:15 p.m. on Election Day, Lungren had 51.6 percent of the votes cast while Bera had 41.8 percent.  Read full story from Elk Grove Citizen

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson has won re-election.  Capital Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports here.

Sacramento City Council candidates Rob Kerth and Allen Wayne Warren are headed for a runoff for the District 2 seat. More on the council races here.

Complete results for Sacramento County are here.

Stockton voters have re-elected Mayor Ann Johnston. See all of the election results for San Joaquin County here.


More state and local election coverage here

Results and stories from AP and NPR here

Click here for earlier posts from Election Night

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