Earlier this week I had my California contributer post how he vetted the candidates and received no response so he informed me of the results and here they are:
Norma Torres and Paul Leon to face in Senate District 32 runoff
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/12/2013 09:33:23 PM PDT
Updated: 03/12/2013 10:52:01 PM PDT
The next round of the contest to elect a new state senator for the Inland Valley and San Bernardino area will be a traditional Democrat-versus-Republican affair after Democrat Norma Torres and Republican Paul Leon claimed the top two spots in Tuesday's special primary.
With votes from 448 of 448 precincts counted, Torres had 13,295 votes and 43.6 percent of the vote while Leon had 8,064 votes, or 26.4 percent. The results are unofficial.
Since no candidate broke 50 percent, Torres and Leon will face off in a May 14 runoff.
Torres said she was not ready to claim victory at 9 p.m. based on early returns but said volunteers at her campaign headquarters in Fontana were excited.
"I think the early returns are coming out pretty strong, and I'm happy with the percentages," Torres said.
Leon, the mayor of Ontario, is running on a platform that included his experience in local government and a promise to use whatever influence he may acquire in Sacramento to continue his support for local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.
Leon said his level of support among absentee voters is a sign that constituents in the Democratic-leaning district are looking for change in Sacramento.
"I think that with the partial results, we're pretty much where we thought we would be," Leon said shortly after 9 p.m.
Torres, elected to her third term in the Assembly last November, ran on a platform that included her support for extending the Gold Line light- rail line to ONT. The line's construction authority rail line's extension from Azusa to Montclair was approved last week. In the Assembly, Torres has also supported stricter foreclosure rules.
Following the top two were candidates San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker, Rialto Unified School District board member Joanne Gilbert, Pomona Planning Commissioner Kenny Coble and Ontario Councilman Paul Vincent Avila.
Walker received 4.232 votes, or 13.9 percent; Gilbert had 2,134 votes, or 7 percent; Coble got 1,989 votes, or 6.5 percent; and Avila picked up 785 votes, or 2.6 percent.
Walker had held other local offices including San Bernardino County supervisor and Chino mayor during a political career spanning more than three decades. Walker has positioned himself as a fiscally conservative Democrat with enough financial experience to help keep state government's budget balanced.
Whoever wins in May will serve the remainder of Gloria Negrete-McLeod's Senate term, which expires in December 2014.
McLeod resigned from the state Senate in January to take a seat in the House of Representatives.
The primary's outcome gives the state GOP a chance to stage a comeback from its performance in the 2012 elections, when California Republicans fell to what may very well be an all-time low for the party.
Last November's election ended with Democrats holding veto proof majorities in both houses of the Legislature.
I guess a lot of California guys did avoid the polling station on March 12 and it shows. It appears that they heeded my California correspondent's advice and boycotted the election just as he advised and the results show it. In fact it appears that the people we were able to contact received more votes than those who were unreachable. But they didn't back men so men didn't back them. Perhaps now they will can their feminist advisors who told them to not take us seriously. This is what happens when you don't take the men's rights movement seriously.