Here's an update on the CA-34 top-two Congressional race mentioned on this blog a few days ago. The turnout is a little less appalling, up over 100,000 total votes at this point. Green candidate Kenneth Mejia's count is at 25.98% and rising as the absentee tally continues.
In case anyone needs reminding, to most of the voting world, a 74-26 margin looks like a slaughter. For a minor-party apparatchik, a 26% showing against a corporate-party incumbent is pretty damn impressive.
As a bonus, a little ways down the San Diego Freeway, the Blue Wave appears to have wiped out Republican former surfer Dana Rohrabacher in CA-48. Once upon a time back in the 1990s, Rohrabacher was something of a moderate, at least on social issues, but he has moved rightward with the rest of his party. Apparently his Orange County district hasn't kept pace with that rightward migration. In 2016, he won re-election by a comfortable 58-42 margin, even while Hillary Clinton won it with 48% to 46% for What's-His-Face.
Here's the LA Times article, and here's the complete vote count. Two 40-something Democrats will face off in the second round on 6 June. The two top vote-getters combined—Jimmy Gomez and Robert Lee Ahn—did not receive 50% of the total votes cast in this light-turnout special election.
This morning I am kicking myself (gently) because I had not taken much interest in this race, having just assumed that maybe a handful of Democrats had lined up for it, only to find out in the afterglow that there were twenty. Yesterday I mentioned that CA-34 was a heavily Democratic district, but wow.
Apart from the lone Green Party candidate Kenneth Mejia, the Republicans and Libertarians each put forth one candidate. There was one independent candidate, Mark Padilla, labeled NPP for No Party Preference.
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