By Joe W. Bowers Jr.|
California Black Media
Polls closed for in-person voting at 8 p.m. on June 7, the final day of the Statewide Direct Primary Election.
Vote-by-Mail ballots must be postmarked by the US Postal Service on or before June 7 and received no later than seven days after Election Day
to be counted. The last day for county elections officials to certify election results is July 7. The top two vote-getters in the primaries regardless of political affiliation advance to the November Election — whether one candidate receives the majority of the votes cast in the primary election. Only candidates running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction or candidates for voter-nominated offices in special elections can win outright by getting a majority of the vote (over 50 %) in the primary election. County elections officials will be conducting the semifinal official canvass of votes at least every two hours until completed and providing the results to the Secretary of State.
Preliminary results are available for the 145 statewide elections being held to fill state and federal offices.
California Black Media (CBM) reports that 68 Black candidates are running in 45 of the elections. That is 31% of the races. Blacks make up 5.8% of California’s population. This is a list of statewide races and Black candidates running.
Governor – Gavin Newsom (D) is projected to advance to the November General election and will face Brian Dahle (R). Lt. Governor – Angela E. Underwood Jacobs (R) is in second place and should advance to face incumbent Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis in November. Secretary of State – Incumbent Dr. Shirley Weber (D) the only Black candidate in the contest is leading by a wide margin over six opponents.
State Controller – Malia Cohen (D) the first African American woman to serve on the board of Equalization is running in second place behind Lanhee Chen (R). Superintendent of Public Instruction – Incumbent Tony Thurmond has an overwhelming lead over his six opponents. He is below the 50% majority to win outright. Ainye E. Long, the other Black candidate is in second place. California Insurance Commissioner – Incumbent Ricardo Lara (D) leads his eight challengers. US Senator – Two separate US Senate contests are on the ballot.
One is the regular election for the full six-year term beginning January 3, 2023. The other is a special vacancy election, to complete the unexpired Senate term of Vice President Kamala Harris. Sen. Alex Padilla (D) who was chosen by Gov. Newsom to replace Harris leads the vote in both contests. In the full-term contest, Padilla is ahead of 22 opponents. The Black candidates running for 17 US House seats are: District 36 (Torrance) – Joe E. Collins III (R) is running second to. Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D). This is a solid Democratic district.
District 37 (Los Angeles) Jan C. Perry (D) District 37 (Los Angeles) – Sydney Kamlager (D) is in the lead. Perry , who is endorsed by Congresswoman Maxine Waters, is in second place . Rep. Karen Bass (D) currently represents this district.
District 43 (Los Angeles) – Incumbent Maxine Waters (D) wins by a landslide with 71.5% of the vote.
Black candidates running for two State Senate seats are: Senate District 28 (Los Angeles) – Lola Smallwood-Cuevas (D) is in the lead. Cheryl C. Turner (D) is in second place.
Black candidates running for 19 State Assembly seats are:
Assembly District 41 (Pasadena) – Incumbent Chris Holden (D) ran for re-election unopposed.
Assembly District 55 (Los Angeles) – Incumbent Isaac G. Bryan (D) is in the lead. He will advance to the November General Election.
Assembly District 57 (Los Angeles) – Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D) ran unopposed for re-election.
Assembly District 60 (Moreno Valley) – Corey A Jackson (D) is in se
cond place. He has three opponents. This is a solid Democratic district. No incumbent was on the ballot.
Assembly District 61 (Inglewood) – Robert Pullen-Miles (D) is leading this race. Tina Simone McKinnor (D) is in second place. This is a solid Democratic district. No incumbent was on the ballot.
In a special election to fill Assembly District 62 seat opened when Autumn Burke (D)
Assembly District 65 (Compton) – Incumbent Mike Anthony Gipson (D) is leading in his re-election bid.
Assembly District 69 (Long Beach) – Al Austin II (D) is running in 2nd place. No incumbent was on the ballot.
Assembly District 79 (La Mesa) – Incumbent Akilah Weber (D) is leading in her bid for re-election against two Republican opponents. This is a solid Democratic district.
Congresswoman Karen Bass and billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso will face each other in the November election for mayor of Los Angeles.