Two weeks into the primary, some races remain biting, like US House District 37, where former LA City Councilwoman Jan Perry was still in second place ahead of Daniel Lee as he closed the gap on Tuesday, June 21 , depending on the election results.
In their fight for second place, Perry got 17,893 votes (18.4%) to Lee’s 17,341 votes (17.9%), a difference of 552 votes.
In the November general election, the second-placed will face State Senator Sydney Kamlager, who leads with 42,463 votes (43.8%).
A new congressman is guaranteed to leave this central Los Angeles district. All three candidates are Democrats.
There are still about 13,790 ballots in circulation, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office. The next update is Friday.
Here are the current vote counts on other nearby races, based on updates from the county registrar or the California Secretary of State’s office.
In the race for the open Third District seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors, Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, with 105,522 votes (31.1%), is well placed to face Lindsey Horvath, member of the West Hollywood City Council. in second place with 94,191 votes (27.8%). State Sen. Henry Stern, D-Malibu, remained third with 82,511 votes (24.3%).
The seat will be vacated by longtime politician Sheila Kuehl. The district stretches from Malibu and Santa Monica east and northeast to the San Fernando Valley.
Incumbent Sheriff Alex Villanueva still leads the Los Angeles County sheriff’s race, with 452,802 votes (30.7%) and will likely face former Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, who garnered 381 in November. 959 votes (25.9%). Eric Strong, third, got 231,315 votes (15.7%).
In local races, a winner can escape a runoff in November by getting more than 50% of the primary votes. But for statewide races, including state Assembly and Senate, and congressional races, the top two candidates will face each other in November, regardless of the gap between the candidates.
State Assembly District 34: In the high desert of Southern California, two prominent Republican lawmakers who found themselves sharing newly formed Assembly District 34 looked more assured of a fight in a November runoff.
Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith, R-Apple Valley, remained in the lead with 22,888 votes (31.4%). Second-placed Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, got 21,483 votes (29.4%) while Democrat Rita Ramirez Dean trailed with 19,619 votes (26.9%).
State Assembly District 61: Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles remains in the lead in the new 61st District, with Democrat Tina Simon McKinnor, nonprofit director, still firmly in second place. The likely run-off between the two in the special election will be to replace Autumn Burke in the current 62nd District – after her stunning resignation. On Tuesday, Pullen-Miles had 24,227 votes (38.6%) and McKinnor had 20,390 votes (32.5%). The newly mapped 61st District includes Inglewood, Venice and Hawthorne.
State Assembly District 69: Long Beach Councilman Al Austin II cemented his hold on second place, with 17,937 votes (26.6%), with third-place candidate Janet Foster securing 12,750 votes (18.9%). Meanwhile, Josh Lowenthal – son of US Representative Alan Lowenthal – remained in the lead with 30,821 votes (45.6%). The neighborhood covers almost all of Long Beach, as well as Signal Hill and most of Carson.
State Senate District 20: In the race for this newly redesigned Latino majority voting district — which stretches from Burbank to Pacoima to San Fernando and Canoga Park — Democrat Daniel Hertzberg, son of the state Senate Majority Leader and former President Assemblyman Bob Hertzberg – saw his lead slip further. Hertzberg has 33,335 votes (30.8%). Democrat Caroline Menjivar has 32,142 votes (29.7%), ahead of him by 1,193 votes. Republican Ely De La Cruz Ayao has 27,572 votes, slipping to 25.5%.
US House District 23: Incumbent Republican Representative Jay Obernolte had a considerable lead over the other two candidates, with 56,432 votes (61%). Meanwhile, Democrat Derek Marshall led fellow Democrat Victorville Councilman Blanca Gomez for second place, with 4,219 votes separating them. This district covers the desert between Antelope Valley and the Nevada border.
U.S. House District 30: G “Maebe A. Girl” Pudlo, who became the first drag performer elected to public office in California by winning a seat on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, appears to be headed for a runoff against National Power Representative Adam Schiff. Schiff continued to slip away from the field, with 62.5%. But runner-up Pudlo widened her lead over third-place Republican Ronda Kennedy by 7,068 votes. Pudlo is a long shot, but wants to bring attention to transgender people through the campaign.
Republican Robert Howell now trails Democratic Congressman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, by 10,332 votes, with just 0.2 percentage points separating them in the race for second place in the insurance commissioner contest. They have flip-flopped over the past two weeks in their electoral rankings. Incumbent Democrat Ricardo Lara leads with 2,340,592 votes (36.2%).
Lance Ray Christensen held second place in the race for state superintendent of public instruction, while incumbent Tony Thurmond leads the nonpartisan contest with 2,788,598 votes (46.2%). Christensen had 707,185 votes (11.7%) while Ainye E. Long had 671,354 votes (11.1%).
In the race for attorney general, former assistant U.S. attorney general Nathan Hochman saw his lead over fellow Republican Eric Early, a lawyer and business owner, narrowed somewhat to 112,878 votes. Hochman has 1,200,244 votes (18%) against Early with 1,087,366 votes (16.3%). Incumbent Democratic candidate Rob Bonta, with 3,642,249 votes (54.8%), widened his lead.
City News Service contributed to this report