From Prop. 1 to the Senate race, here’s a quick look at the top contests in California

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From Prop. 1 to the Senate race, here’s a quick look at the top contests in California

Election 2024, California politics, homepage news

Believe E. Pinho

March 5, 2024

Ballots flowed across California on Tuesday in a primary intended to reshape the nation and the state, awarding finalists for the Golden State’s rarest prize a vacancy in the U.S. Senate and helping set up an expected rematch between a politically vulnerable President Biden and his accused. and twice-impeached predecessor Donald Trump.

The only statewide ballot measure, Proposition 1, gave California voters limited power to help alleviate the human tragedies of homelessness, drug addiction and untreated mental illness, but

at with


price t

ag that may be too high for some in these uncertain economic times.

Tuesday’s primary could also pave the way for changes in November in California’s 52-member House delegation, the largest in the union, where even a few losses by threatened Republicans could bolster Democrats’ efforts to regain control to take over Congress.

For the first time, California joins 15 other states and American Samoa in the huge Super Tuesday primary election, delivering a slew of delegates to presidential candidates.

The Prime Minister of California


The race in Tuesday’s primary was for one of the state’s coveted Senate seats, which Sen. Dianne Feinstein held for three decades before her death in September.

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the contest would be a two-way race between Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) and Republican Steve Garvey, a former Dodgers


recent opinion polls show.

Representative support. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) and Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), the race’s other top candidates, trailed in the final weeks of the campaign. Porter, a competitive candidate


the beginning of the race, was attacked in a


expensive barrage of negative political ads paid for by cryptocurrency executives


Schiff’s campaign also pumped money into ads that appeared to help Garvey consolidate Republican votes in California. For Schiff, Garvey would be a less formidable opponent than Porter in the November elections. Political action committees have poured more than $21 million into the Senate race.

Still, Long Beach resident Bo Tobin happily wore a bright orange “Katie Porter for Senate” T-shirt as he rode his bike to his polling place Monday afternoon.

“I think she’s incredibly intelligent, and she makes things very clear and accessible,” said Tobin, 56, a registered Democrat. Porter famously provided people with questions during congressional hearings, using a whiteboard to illustrate her points.

Tobin discovered the fact that Schiff did not support a


in Israel-Hamas was difficult. He also questioned Schiff for giving up his seniority as House leader to become a freshman senator.

The Senate seat comes up twice

California’s California

There will be one vote to fill the remainder of Feinstein’s term, from the general election in November to the new term in January, and again for the full six-year term beginning in January. After Feinstein died last year, Newsom appointed Laphonza Butler, a union activist and former leader of Emily’s List, to the position. butler


not run for a full term.

While Schiff will likely finish in the top two of the California primary, which is all candidates have to do to win a gold ticket for the November elections, his challenger may not be known for a while. Definitive answers will likely be clear


the most lopsided match against late Tuesday evening. And it could take days or weeks for conclusive results to emerge in some of the toughest races, including congressional, legislative and local races.

California’s presidential primaries

had has

much less drama and intrigue. There are no serious challenges, either Biden or Trump

were are

they are expected to cruise to victory in their respective Democratic and Republican presidential primaries. Each seems to be a lock to secure their nationality

parties parties



in the 2024 presidential race


barring any monumental events that jeopardize their candidacy.

Looking at the head-to-head showdown in November, a recent poll showed Biden with a comfortable lead in left-wing California, although his margin over Trump has narrowed in recent years.

past last

he was in office for three years. A poll from the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies shows Biden leading Trump by 18 points statewide, but even less among independent and minor party candidates.


including Jill Stein and Cornel West


are included. Some Democratic voters cited Biden’s handling of the war between Israel and Hamas and his age as important factors

to work

against him in the 2024 elections.

“I will speak as a 70-year-old,” said Lynne, a registered Republican from Long Beach who declined to give her last name. “I think both candidates are too old to be president of the United States.”

Standing outside her local polling place, Lynne said Trump was not promoting traditional Republican philosophy. His criminal charges should disqualify him as a presidential candidate, she added.

“How do we look at other parts of the world?” she said. “We’re a joke in some places. There’s a man who has felony charges filed against him, but he’s running for president!’

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has promised this

clinging to her stay in the

race for the Republican nomination through Super Tuesday, despite trailing Trump by double digits in almost all other primaries so far, including in her home state of South Carolina. Haley won her only victory in the District of Columbia in the 2024 primaries


Typically, primaries in a presidential year elicit strong turnout, but early returns have produced lackluster results.

From Monday around 3

million mail-in ballots have been returned, according to figures


Secretary of State a fraction of the 22.3 million ballots

in sent to

voters’ mailboxes.

Lynn Vavreck, a political science professor at UCLA, said she expects an abortion


be a major


Driving voters to the polls for primaries across the country, just like in the 2022 midterm elections. And even though foreign policy typically doesn’t play much of a role in presidential election years, Vavreck said, the wars between Israel, Hamas and Ukraine and Russia are likely to be key issues for voters this year.

election year


Even though politics in the US seems uninspiring to people right now

the candidates, maybe they don’t seem very inspiring to people t

These two global conflicts are good reminders for people that important things are happening around the world, Vavreck said. And that can work to remind people, Oh, there’s going to be a primary


“A lot of things are still happening,” she added. And that’s probably good for turnout.

Pro-Palestinian voters who are angry

by Bidens

The handling of the conflict has led to protest votes during the primaries in New Hampshire and Michigan by writing a ceasefire

fire and uncommitted voting respectively. The Council on

American Islamic

Relations encourages its members to vote on Tuesday, even if it means leaving the presidential election blank.

We have heard from some in our community that they do not want to vote in the presidential elections due to the current violence in Gaza, Monica Rahim, senior policy and advocacy manager for CAIR-LA,


in a statement. We continue to emphasize that this does not necessarily mean that they do not vote at all. It is still important to make their voices heard by voting in the

down mood


Democratic voter Richard Richina, 74, said Biden is on the right side on many issues but ‘maybe a little too strident’

on inside

his approach to the conflict in the Middle East.

“I think he could be a little more forceful in his efforts to get in,” said Richina, who rode her bike to his local polling place in Long Beach after a morning yoga session.

A January poll from the Institute of Governmental Studies, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, found that California voters under the age of 30 were far more likely to sympathize with Palestinians than with Israelis, while voters over 65 sided with Israel.

On Tuesday, California voters also approved Proposition 1, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to reform mental health care delivery in the states


especially for unhoused people. In a Berkeley/LA Times poll released last week, half of likely voters supported Proposition 1, which has bipartisan support in the state Legislature. Although several major Republicans have endorsed it, a majority of Republicans favor it


voters are against

the measure,

the poll found.

Proposal 1 would reconfigure the state’s two-decade-old Mental Health Services Act to allocate $1 billion for supportive housing. It would also include a $6.4 billion bond to provide 10,000 new treatment beds. Prop


1 is Newsom’s biggest effort to curb homelessness, one of the top issues facing California voters.

In Santa Cruz, one of the most housing-strapped cities in the state, voters will decide

Measure M

, which would require a vote for any development that exceeds current zoning restrictions. The push for high-rises has created division in the famously laid-back California community, where local activists have put the measure on the ballot.


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