Big fields in a couple of North Bay races led to a couple of modest surprises in yesterday's California primary election, leaving limited prospects for further drama in their November run-off contests.
Republican Dan Roberts garnered over 2000 more votes than third place finisher Norman Solomon in the Second Congressional District primary. But Solomon said he nonetheless found the campaign a rewarding experience, especially in getting better acquainted with the northernmost portions of the newly redesigned district.
A last-minute challenge from former Fifth District Supervisor Ernie Carpenter was not enough to deter incumbent Efren Carrillo from a strong re-election surge. As he looked ahead to his second term, Carrillo told KRCB he is focused on the pressing pension reform issue, but does not want to scapegoat county employees in the search for solutions.
KRCB -TV broadcast two and a half hours of commentary, interviews and analysis as the election results unfolded Tuesday night. The entire broadcast is archived here. We also have links here for the final election night numbers in Sonoma County and Marin County, while the counts for seats in the California Legislature and House of Representatives, which usually include portions of multiple counties, are collected by the California Secretary of State. Races of particular interest to the North Bay include the Second Congressional District, Assembly District 10 and Assembly District 2.