Wednesday, June 6, 2012

CA Primary Update

Overall a pretty good night for AAPIs in California's June Primary...

Moving on to November State Assembly & Senate seat runoffs: Mariko Yamada (AD4), Richard Pan (AD9), Rob Bonta (AD18), Phil Ting (AD19), Jennifer Ong (AD20), Paul Fong (AD28), Das Williams (AD37), Ed Chau (AD49), Al Muratsuchi (AD66), and Carol Liu (SD25).

Of note, Phil Ting smashed son of US Supreme Court Justice Steven Breyer in San Francisco effectively dismissing any doubts caused by Ting's poor showing in the SF Mayoral race.  It appears that Chinese American voters closed ranks and came home to support the Chinese American candidate.  Bonta also performed well as the top vote getter in AD 18.

On the negative side, poor turnout numbers for Al Muratsuchi and Ed Chau should worry Democrats in AD66 and AD49, respectively.  Super PAC supported former GOP and newly minted "independent" candidate Chad Walsh came in closer than he should have to Assemblyman Paul Fong in AD28.  Non-profit executive Sid Voorakkara failed to make the runoff in San Diego's 79th Assembly District.

Legislative races too close to call at this time: Phil Tateishi (AD8), Joe Dovinh (AD72).

In Congressional races, Dr. Ami Bera, Ricky Gill, and Mark Takano are the newcomers that will challenge for a seat in November.  Incumbents Mike Honda, Judy Chu and Doris Matsui cruised to victories but will still face runoffs in November. 

Outlier Congressional races where AAPI candidates face heavy odds against winning because of the partisan make up of the district include Jay Chen in CA-39, Otto Lee in CA-22, and Sukhee Kang in CA-45.

It now appears that Fresno's first Hmong City Councilman Blong Xiong has failed to make it to the runoff in November. 

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