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By Miriam Raftery

June 8, 2018 (Sacramento) –  In the June primary races for statewide offices, The Governor’s race will see a run-off between Lieutenant. Governor Gavin Newsom and Republican businessman John Cox. (See our story.)  

Republicans are shut out of the Lieutenant Governor run-off between two Democrats, Eleni Kounalakis and Ed Hernandez.

Democrat Alex Padilla won his race for Secretary of State outright with over 51% of the vote. 

 Incumbent Attorney General Xavier Becerra, A Democrat who has filed numerous lawsuits against the Trump administration on issues ranging from environmental protections to immigration, won over 45% of the vote, not enough to win outright.  He will square off against Republican Steven Bailey, who finished ahead of Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, a Democrat.

In the race to fill the Insurance Commissioner spot vacated by term limits, State Senator Ricardo Lara, a Democrat who has authored numerous healthcare and consumer protection bills, will be running off against Steve Poizner. A former Republican Poizner ran with no party affiliation; Poizner has taken large donations from the insurance industry and had a record as commissioner that generally favored insurers over consumers.

Controller Betty Yee, a Democrat, won reelection handily with over 60% of the vote.

For treasurer, Democrat Fiona Ma will run-off against Republican Greg Conlan.

In the State Superintendent of Schools race, both run-off candidates are Democrats. However Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, who was endorsed by the state Democratic Party, favors strong public schools and has backing of teachers’ unions.  Marshall Tuck, who has previously run charter schools, has backing from the California Charter Schools Association and is opposed by the teachers’ groups. Read more on this race at  

Get full statewide election results at