Shaking Out Tuesday's Primary: The Who Did What Summary

Here are the (unofficial) Contra Costa County numbers for primaries in Danville and Alamo. This is how it shook out... what do you think?

will be District 2 Supervisor as she notched a smidge more than 60 percent of the vote. came in second with 27.54 percent.

In the U.S. Senator Primary, Republican challenger and Danville resident grabbed enough of the vote to land second place behind longtime Democrat Dianne Feinstein. . Emken was one of more than 20 challengers going against Feinstein.

With 97 percent of the precincts reporting statewide (at the time of publishing this), Proposition 28, which reduced legislative term limits from 14 to 12 years, is poised to pass with 61.5 percent voting in favor of the measure.

Proposition 29, which adds $1 tax to each pack of cigarettes, on the other hand, was up and down all night Tuesday. With 97 percent of the precincts reporting (at the time of publishing), Prop 29's differential was razor thin with 50.8 percent voting no and 49.2 percent voting yes.

Longtime Democrat George Miller will face off against Republican Virginia Fuller for the District 11 Congressional seat on Nov. 6. Both candidates were the top two vote getters out of a four-person race.

There were only two candidates in both the District 7 State Senate primary and the District 16 State Assembly primary. All four candidates will continue on and battle it out in their respective races on Nov. 6 in the general election.

What do you think of the results? Have an opinion?


Unofficial Contra Costa County results are below with all 646 precincts reporting:

District 2 Supervisor

Total Votes











U.S. Senator*



Dianne Feinstein (i)



Elizabeth Emken





*(Contra Costa Voters only - not overall count)

District 11 Congressional



George Miller, Dem. (i)



Virginia Fuller, Rep.



John Fitzgerald, Dem.



Cheryl Sudduth, Dem. 3,843 3.51 Write-In 348 0.32

Proposition 28*









*(Contra Costa County votes only - not overall count)



Proposition 29*









*(Contra Costa County votes only - not overall count)



District 7 State Senate



Mark DeSaulnier, Dem. (i)



Mark P. Meuser, Rep.






District 16 State Assembly



Joan Buchanan, Dem (i)



Estes A. "Al" Phillips, III, Rep



Write-In 117 0.23

Unofficial results from the Contra Costa County Elections Division

**Second number designates statewide totals.

Valerie Irene June 06, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Sorry the cigarette tax didn't pass. Any deterrent to taking up smoking would be welcome, and the crushing health care burden smoking creates for the community is tragic, not to mention the added costs. Too, too bad. Damn tobacco lobby.
Lydia June 06, 2012 at 04:38 PM
http://ivn.us/2012/03/12/term-limit-reform-prop-28-would-increase-number-of-terms-legislators-may-serve/ Basically many voters did not research this or watch or read any analysis at least those who voted. I know many people said they did not bother to vote. It appears those who vote have specific agendas and fewer and fewer even bother in our state it's very sad. Here is an excerpt regarding this measure. I guess the tobacco industry and perhaps Libertarians came out in full force on no more cigarette taxes too. Looks like the prop was reworded to win approval this time and it worked! "In 2008, voters rejected Proposition 93, which would have allowed lawmakers to serve in the state government for up to twelve years. Philip Blumel, president of US Term Limits, an organization that advocates for term limits nationwide, recently called Prop 28 a scam. “The June 2012 ballot measure is so deceptive that many Californians will vote yes believing that the initiative actually strengthens California term limits . . . voters will be voting on a measure that will allow professional politicians to set up shop in Sacramento for twelve years in either the House or the Senate, re-establishing the same semi-permanent political fiefdoms the law was designed to prevent.” Judging from the support for Proposition 28 found by the Public Policy Institute of California survey, voters may not yet be aware that the measure would actually loosen existing term limit laws. Voters, please read 1st!
Terry Parris Jr. June 06, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Do you think the low voter turn out had to do with that fact that she was running unopposed? It was the same case in D5. With a battle between Tomi and Candace, we had to figure that turnout for D2 would be much higher than the other unopposed district elections. Thoughts?
Jose Arturo Ornleas June 07, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I have never smoked. I didn't need you do-gooders to set up a Zen Fascist "bio" region to protect my lungs.
Terry Parris Jr. June 07, 2012 at 12:40 AM
If it was "fascist" it probably wouldn't have gone to a vote, Jose, right? It would have just happened.
Jose Arturo Ornleas June 07, 2012 at 08:48 AM
@Terry Parris Jr. As a matter of fact, fascism has been put to a vote before. You shouldn't be able to escape 7th grade history without knowing about the Nazi's 1933 parlimentary victory. The entire holocaust was based on the Nuremberg laws which were passed by the Reichstag in 1935. A basic discussion in Poly Sci is the difference between "legal" and "legitimate" government.
Terry Parris Jr. June 07, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I guess the "fascism" of Prop 29 failed then, eh?


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