LCF Favors Cox, Harris, Feinstein in Primary

La Cañada Flintridge voters who showed up at the polls in last week’s statewide primary election helped Republican John Cox make the top-two-candidate cut in the gubernatorial race.
Cox, who finished second in the state behind Democrat Gavin Newsom, was the top vote-getter in LCF, where he finished with 1,371 votes compared with Newsom’s 954.
Of LCF’s 14,671 registered voters, 3,826 (26%) cast ballots June 5, according to data posted a day later on the L.A. County registrar-recorder’s website. That rate was below the state average of 30.5%, according to more recent figures from California’s secretary of state.
By comparison, in the 2016 general election, LCF residents cast 11,678 votes. They cast 4,085 votes in last year’s school bond election and 4,276 in the most recent City Council election on March 17, 2017. In the 2016 state primary, 3,955 LCF voters participated.
Voters will have another opportunity to cast a ballot when the top two finishers in each of the recent primary races face off Tuesday, Nov. 6.
In last week’s primary, LCF voters also sided with a Republican in the race for lieutenant governor, voting 829 times for San Marino resident Cole Harris, but he didn’t advance to November’s general election. Harris finished third in the state behind Democrats Eleni Kounalakis and Ed Hernandez.
LCF voters were aligned with the rest of the state in other key races.
In a crowded field for U.S. Senate, LCF went overwhelmingly for incumbent Dianne Feinstein. Campaigning for her fifth full term, she received 1,676 votes locally, ahead of the Republican Arun Bhumitra, who got the second-most votes in LCF, with 437. Statewide, however, Bhumitra didn’t fare as well, finishing more than 350,000 votes behind Democrat Kevin De Leon, who secured a spot on November’s ballot.
Adam Schiff finished almost 600 votes ahead of Johnny Nalbandian locally in the race for the 28th Congressional District seat, a tighter margin than what developed across the district, where the incumbent from Burbank received 72% of the vote compared with the 22% that went to Nalbandian, setting up a runoff in the fall.
In the race for secretary of state, Alex Padilla received the most votes in LCF and in the state. So did Fiona Ma, the leading candidate for treasurer, and incumbent Xavier Becerra, who is seeking a second term as attorney general.
LCF voters were in agreement with fellow Californians on all five state measures; they voted yes on Proposition 68 (the natural resources bond), Proposition 69 (transportation revenue restrictions and limits), Proposition 71 (the effective date of ballot measures amendment) and Proposition 72 (rainwater capture systems tax assessments amendment). And like voters in the rest of the state, LCF opposed Proposition 70, voting against the greenhouse gas reduction reserve fund.

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