by Charles Lemos, Wed Sep 02, 2009 at 01:01:52 PM EDT
Congratulations to Lt. Governor John Garamendi who yesterday finished atop a crowded field in the race to succeed Ellen Tauscher as the Representative in the California 10th Congressional District. The sprawling California 10th includes much of Contra Costa County, as well as parts of Alameda, Solano and Sacramento counties.
With 100% of precincts reporting, Garamendi had 26.2% of the vote, Harmer 20.6%, Democratic state senator Mark DeSaulnier 17.6%, and Democratic state assemblymember Joan Buchanan 12.0%. No one else in the 14-candidate primary field drew more than 10% of the vote. Many progressives had backed Anthony Woods, an Iraq war veteran who was discharged under DADT.
With no candidate winning the required 50% of the vote to win the seat outright, the top vote-getter from each party now advance to the November 3rd general election. Democrat Garamendi and Republican Harmer will be joined by Jeremy Cloward of the Green Party, Jerry Denham of the American Independent Party, and Mary C. McIlroy of the Peace and Freedom Party in the runoff.
Democrats hold an 18-point voter registration edge in the district after it was last redrawn in 2002, so the Democrat Garamendi is a strong favorite to be elected to Congress in the runoff and fill the remainder of the term.
The results by county from KCBS-San Francisco.