California Primary Recap
State Sen. Kevin de León (D) claimed 11% of the vote and will likely move on to face Senator Dianne Feinstein (D), who claimed 44% of the vote in the November general election for U.S. Senate. The votes are still being counted, so there's a chance the number two spot could go to Republican James Bradley. State Sen. Ed Hernández claimed the second spot in the race for Lieutenant Governor and will go on to face Eleni Kounalakis. Former county prosecutor and first-time candidate, Andrew Janz (D), will face House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R) in November in the race to represent California’s 22nd Congressional District. Nunes has raised $4.8 million this cycle but people of color could make up in votes what Janz lacks in funds. It’s a majority-minority district, with Latinos comprising the largest share at 44.8%, Asian Americans at 7.3% Asian, and African Americans at 2.8%. Republican Young Kim is leading in the contest for the 39th Congressional District and will face Gil Cisneros in November. The district is 34.1% White, 2.3% Black, 28.5% Asian, and 32.6% Hispanic. Barack Obama alum, Ammar Campa Najjar, claimed the second spot in California’s 50th district and will go on to face embattled Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter in November. This is another district where Latinos dominate, comprising 29.9% of the population. Campa Najjar is Arab and Latino. The rest of the district is 58.6% White, 5.1% Asian, and 2.3% Black. The district had been solidly Republican but the demographics are slowly inching toward blue. Republican candidate Omar Qudrat claimed 15% of the vote in the 52nd District and will go on to face incumbent Congressman Scott Peters (D) who held a strong 57% of the vote. Should Qudrat pull an upset, he would be the GOP’s first Muslim in Congress. Asian Americans comprise 17.9% of the district, Hispanics 12.9%, Blacks 2.9%, and 62.1% White. High-profile candidates not making it out of the primary race include gubernatorial candidates Antonio Villaraigosa and John Chiang; former Congressman Joe Baca, who attempted a comeback in California’s 35th Congressional District; Sam Jammal, an Obama alum, and Mai Khanh Tran were edged among a crowded field in California’s 39th Congressional District; Dave Min placed third in California’s 45th Congressional District; among many others. More here.