Placer Election Wrap: Primary pushes candidates through to November

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Primary pushes candidates through to November


By Gus Thomson

Of the Auburn Journal


After the dust of Tuesday’s primary has cleared, it’s one election down and one to go for U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, and Democratic challenger Jessica Morse in the high-profile District 4 election.

McClintock polled 52.1 percent of the District 4 vote while Morse finished second, with 19.9 percent.

McClintock’s District 4 support in Placer County was nearly as strong, with 50.89 percent of the vote. Morse garnered 18.43 percent in Placer.

McClintock expressed confidence moving into the next round. Election Day is Nov. 6.

"Tonight’s election is stunning proof that the shrill voices of the left do not speak for the people of our communities, and that as we approach the crucial November mid-term elections, our nation will stay the course and restore American greatness, prosperity, freedom and security,” McClintock said.

Morse moves into the November election after a sometimes acrimonious contest for second place with fellow Democrats.

Democrats Roza Calderon (6.2 percent) and Regina Bateson (12.6 percent) now drop off the ballot, as does another Republican, Mitchell White, who polled 6.9 percent of the District 4 vote in a crowded field.

“I am humbled to be your nominee,” Jessica Morse said on Facebook.

Also Tuesday:

  • Measure E’s proposed Sierra College bond measure to fund facilities improvements was narrowly on track to surpass a needed 55 percent majority vote.

  • Current Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters Ryan Ronco won with 75.68 percent of the vote, besting Darren Miller (12.82 percent) and Hope Halperin (11.4 percent).

  • In Roseville’s Placer County Board of Supervisors race, challenger Bonnie Gore wrested the seat away from incumbent Jack Duran, polling 62.03 percent of the vote to Duran’s 37.9 percent.

  • In the 1st District congressional race, incumbent Republican congressman Doug Lamalfa will go against Democrat Jessica Holcombe in November. The district includes North Auburn. Lamalfa polled 51.7 percent of the district vote to Holcombe’s 17.5 percent.

  • State Assemblyman Frank Bigelow won a return to Sacramento in a two-candidate race in District 5. The district includes the city of Auburn at its northern tip. Bigelow received 62.3 percent of the vote to Democrat Carla Neal’s 37.7 percent.

Late Tuesday’s vote count in Placer County includes more than 35,000 mail-in and early voting ballots received before the polls closed at 8 p.m. and more than 23,500 ballots cast at Placer’s polling sites.