By Nadin Abbott and Miriam Raftery
June 3, 2014 (San Diego) – Governor Jerry Brown (D) appears likely to square off in November against Republican Neel Kashkari, the former U.S. Assistant Treasury Secetary. Kashkari, son of immigrants from India, placed second in field of contenders in the gubernatorial primary, including Minute Man founder Tim Donnelly. With over 58% of precincts counted statewide, Brown has over 55%, Kashkari 18%, and Donnelly 14.7%. (For full gubernatorial results, see http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/governor/).
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom , a Democrat, currently has a solid lead with just over 50% of the vote at midnight Tuesday after 62% of precincts have been counted. In second place with 23% and likely to face Newsom in November with Ron Nehring, former chair of the San Diego Republican Party and the state GOP in the eight-person race.
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, the Democratic incumbent, soundly trounced challengers with 53%; Republican Ronald Gold appears likely to advance to the run-off but with only 12% of the total votes cast.
In the race to fill an open seat for Secretary of State, as of midnight it’s a dead heat between Democrat Senator Alex Padilla (29.7%) and Republican Pete Person in an eight-man field. Surprisingly, indicted Senator Leland Yee drew over 10% of the vote, despite withdrawing after his arrest on charges of bribery and conspiracy to smuggle arms.
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has a strong leader, with 53% of the votes, over Republican Ted Gaines at 41% and Nathalie Hrizi, a Peace and Freedom Party candidate, pulling over 5% of votes.
Tom Torlakson, the incumbent, is ahead by a wide margin in the race for Superintendent of Public instruction with 48%, though it’s too soon yet to say which challenger he will face.