Mar 6, 2024 - News

San Diego election results; Schiff, Garvey head to November ballot

Republican Steve Garvey (left) and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff

Republican Steve Garvey (left) will face Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff in November. Photos: Mario Tama/Getty Images, Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Democratic U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff and Republican Steve Garvey topped the primary fields in California's U.S. Senate race Tuesday, advancing to the Nov. 5 general election.

Why it matters: The second-place finish by Garvey, a professional baseball legend, makes it likely that solidly Democratic California will send Schiff to the Senate next year, as Axios' Stephen Neukam reports.

  • Garvey's outsider campaign bested that of Democratic U.S. Rep. Katie Porter, who struggled to find a lane between Schiff's mainstream appeal and Democratic U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee's progressive message.
  • Schiff was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's primary contest after entering as the polling favorite.

The big picture: For the first time in decades, Californians will not be represented by a woman in the Senate.

  • The November winner will fill the seat left by longtime Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who died last September at 90.

The latest: As of Wednesday morning, here's what we know about other major election results:

  • Proposition 1, the measure to overhaul the state's mental health system that is backed strongly by Gov. Gavin Newsom, has a narrow lead, with 50.2% of voters supporting it. It's too close to call.
  • Mayor Todd Gloria has 50.8% of the vote in his re-election bid, and Larry Turner has a lead of 10.2 percentage points over Geneviéve Jones-Wright for the right to face Gloria in a November runoff.
  • Deputy city attorney Heather Ferbert has a 4.5-point lead over assemblymember Brian Maienschein in the city attorney race between two Democrats. Regardless of the primary outcome, they'll face off again in November.
  • Henry Foster has a wide lead over Chida Warren-Darby, 53% to 27.3%, to fill the District 4 City Council seat vacated when Monica Montgomery Steppe won her county supervisor's seat.
  • Both City Council incumbents facing challengers — Stephen Whitburn and Council President Sean Elo-Rivera — are leading their races.
  • La Mesa Councilman Colin Parent and Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez are leading the race for the 79th Assembly District, with 40.3% and 31.8%, respectively.

What's next: The registrar should release another vote count Thursday at 5pm.

  • The deadline to certify election results is April 5, but many candidates will concede before then.
Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals
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