Gino DiCaro

Outcome of contested statewide California Races

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, June 9, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

After months of contentious campaigning, State Treasurer Phil Angelides took the coveted Democratic gubernatorial nomination by a mere 90,000 votes on Tuesday, June 6. While the Democratic primary may have illuminated his strengths – intense support from key party representatives and labor advocates – it also opened the door to what could be his greatest vulnerabilities in the race to defeat incumbent Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) in November.

Moving into the November Election, Angelides will have to maintain his support and momentum first and foremost by changing voters’ opinions developed during the brutal primary in which his background as a developer and open advocate for raising taxes was highlighted. This contrasts with Schwarzenegger’s opposition to raising taxes and his recent efforts to provide for California’s environment.

Democratic candidate Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi defeated Senator Jackie Speier (Hillsborough) and Senator Liz Figueroa (Fremont) by a margin of 43.5% to 38.5% and 18.0% respectively. He will compete against Senator Tom McClintock (R-Thousand Oaks) in the November Election.

Democratic candidate Senator Debra Bowen (Torrance) defeated Senator Deborah Ortiz (Sacramento) by a margin of 60.9% to 39.1%. She will compete against incumbent Secretary of State, Bruce McPherson, in the November Election.

Democratic candidate Mayor Jerry Brown (Oakland) defeated Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo by a margin of 62.8% to 37.2%. He will compete against Senator Charles Poochigian (R-Fresno) in the November Election.

Republican candidate Board of Equalization Member Claude Parrish defeated Assemblyman Keith Richman (Northridge) by a margin of 56.1% to 43.9%. He will compete against Attorney General Bill Lockyer (D) in the November Election.

Democratic candidate Board of Equalization Member John Chiang defeated Senator Joe Dunn (Santa Ana) by a margin of 52.9% to 47.1%. Republican candidate Former Assemblyman Tony Strickland defeated Senator Abel Maldonado (Santa Maria) by a margin of 40.2% to 37.1%. Chiang and Strickland will compete in the November Election.
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