Surprise Reversal in California Legislative Race

On June 22, Placer County, California, finished counting the votes from the June 5 primary. In the Assembly race, sixth district, three candidates had been on the ballot: Republican incumbent Assemblymember Beth Gaines; Democrat Regy Bronner, and Republican Andy Pugno.

Between the evening of June 5 and Friday afternoon, June 22, the tally had showed Gaines in first place and Bronner in second place. But in a surprise, the last ballots to be counted, late on June 22, put Pugno in second place. Therefore, the November election will list two very conservative Republicans on the ballot, and no one else. No write-in space will appear on the ballot. Both Gaines and Pugno are opponents of same-sex marriage and opponents of any tax increases. See this story. Thanks to Rob Richie for the link.


  1. Demo Rep · · Reply

    Gee – a mere TWO plurality extremists got nominated.

    Top 2 primary = ONE more MORON STUNT fix — due to MORON STUNT idiot election law reformers – who are brain dead evil ignorant about the DIVIDED MAJORITY problem.

    18 ABCZX
    17 BCAZX
    16 CABZX
    25 XZ???
    24 ZX???

    Gee — the 51 ABC group vs the 49 XZ group.

    Life or death – STOP top 2 primaries, STOP IRV for single offices, STOP NPV — STOP ALL of the EVIL math MORONS from Hell having NON-SENSE in their EVIL MORON skulls.

    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V. — pending Condorcet head to head math.

  2. Jim Riley · · Reply

    The Placer County website shows a lot more votes than the SOS is reporting from Placer County, so rather than a 100 vote margin it is closer to 1000.

  3. Jim Riley · · Reply

    Some counties have not reported anything to the SOS since a day or two after the election. Among more populous counties are Placer, Santa Barbara (10 days ago), and Sonoma.

    The ability to dump votes 3 weeks late is likely to lead to suspicions of skullduggery in any close race. This was certainly the case of Washington in 2004 gubernatorial race.

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