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California Primary 2016: Results, analysis, and looking ahead to November
Hillary Clinton dominated yesterday's primary here in California, finishing 13-percentage points ahead of rival Bernie Sanders.
That didn't deter the Vermont Senator or his supporters. He spoke just before 11 last night at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, looking past the election results and vowing to take his message to next month's Democratic convention in Philadelphia. What might that mean?
Plus, outgoing US Senator Barbara Boxer will talk with us about the runoff to succeed her. Two Democrats, Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez go head-to-head in November.
Locally, we have two open LA County Supervisor seats, both of which are very powerful positions with 2-million constituents each. The Fourth District, where Don Knabe is termed out, Democratic Congresswoman Janice Hahn finished first with 47-percent. Knabe's chief deputy, Steve Napolitano, got 37-percent. They'll meet in November. The district ranges from Marina del Rey, through the South Bay and Long Beach, and up into Downey, Whittier, and Diamond Bar.
In the Fifth District covering northern LA County, the chief deputy to termed-out Supervisor Mike Antonovich got the most votes. Kathryn Barger had 30-percent - quite strong for a crowded field. Her November opponent is a bit up in the air. Darrell Park, the Democratic party's endorsed candidate, is currently second with 15-percent, but his lead over Republican State Senator Bob Huff is just 517 votes. Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian stands fourth.
State voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 50, which allows the legislature to suspend a State Senator's or Assemblymember's pay.
In the L.A. Times and Southern California News Group's editorials against 50 they argued it was reactive to appease voters unhappy with accused legislators making their salaries while being suspended. The papers claimed it could be used punitively.
Kathryn Barger, Chief Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich
Darrell Park, Former White House office of Management and Budget Staffer, 1994-2004
Bob Huff, California State Senator, he has represented Los Angeles County in the state legislature since 2004
Dean Logan, Los Angeles. County's Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
Steve Napolitano, former Manhattan Beach Mayor, 1992 to 2005, and deputy to Don Knabe
Raphe Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles
Neal Kelley, Orange County Registrar of Voters