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Voters choose incumbents in first top-two election

Voters choose incumbents in first top-two election

Although low voter turnout was reported across the state, Congressman Jeff Denham managed to make it to the polls at Monte Vista Chapel on Tuesday afternoon.

POSTED June 4, 2014 12:28 a.m.

Despite having a low voter turnout, Tuesday’s elections will go down in history as California’s first primary election using the top-two system for all state races.

With the polls closing at 8 p.m., the initial results showed incumbents across the state holding their seats strong, including Governor Jerry Brown who, as of 10 p.m., held just over 55 percent of all votes with Republican challenger Neel Kashkari coming in with 17.6 percent, followed by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly with 14.8 percent.

While Kashkari and Brown head to the gubernatorial election in November, the 10th Congressional District will see incumbent Rep. Jeff Denham face democratic challenger and local bee farmer Michael Eggman in the General Election. Similar to many congressional districts across the state, incumbent Denham took a strong lead, receiving 55.9 percent of all votes while Eggman received 27.3 percent as of 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

Holding an election night gathering as the results poured in at the California Republican Party headquarters in Modesto, Denham supporters were encouraged by the numbers coming in, saying it demonstrated the district’s continued trust in Denham.

“Everything has been going well as the District really came out to show their support and trust in Denham,” said Chris Del Beccaro of the Denham campaign. “Jeff truly votes for the District, and represents them well. I think we saw that here tonight.”

Around the corner at the IBEW Union headquarters in Modesto, Eggman joined a packed room of supporters enjoying the excitement of election night as the votes continued to come in.

“Jeff’s transparent attempts to keep us out of the general election has failed,” said Eggman. “It’s time for change in the Central Valley, with a positive vision, economic growth, new opportunities and solutions. The time for politics is over. It’s now time to make improvements for our children’s future.”

Stanislaus voters also had a number of local offices on the primary ballot. As of 10 p.m. incumbent Assessor Don Gaekle was leading Turlock City Councilwoman Amy Bublak in the County Assessor race, while incumbent District Attorney Birgit Fladager led Frank Carson, an attorney and local businessman from Modesto. Additionally, incumbent Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson held a significant lead ahead of deputy sheriff Tom Letras, who supported Christianson in previous elections.

In the State Assembly District 12 race, Turlock Unified School District Board member Harinder Grewal received nearly 37 percent of votes as of 10 p.m., while incumbent Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen held strong with 62 percent.

To view all the election results from Tuesday’s primaries, visit





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