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1 big thing: Schiff, Garvey head to November ballot

Republican Steve Garvey (left) will face Democratic U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff in November. Photos: Mario Tama/Getty Images and 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 Republican 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 district 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 tomorrow at 5pm.

  • The deadline to certify election results is April 5, but many candidates will concede before then.

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2. What they're saying: Voters sound off outside the polls

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Even in a quiet campaign season, voters had a lot to say outside of San Diego polling places for Tuesday's primary election.

The big picture: Many said homelessness, the economy and strong feelings about individual candidates inspired them to head to the polls.

On San Diego's mayoral race:

  • "I voted for Mayor Gloria when he first started, but he's a politician for real now. He did not get my vote." — Henry Ragsdale, 56 (Skyline)
  • "I gotta come out here for Geneviéve [Jones-Wright]. … I feel like she actually cares about the people and not just the office." — Monica Harris, 55 (City Heights)
  • "I voted for Todd Gloria again. I think it's a really s--t job and he's doing as good as anybody." — Christine Fernandez-Morache, 59 (Allied Gardens)

On the U.S. Senate race:

  • "I'm a little worried that Steve Garvey might have a chance of getting on the ballot, so I figured I'd boost Katie Porter." — Fernandez-Morache

Several voters voiced why they supported the Proposition 1 ballot measure.

  • "What we're doing now, just turning people out to the street, it shouldn't be who we are. It might be who we are, but it shouldn't be." — Iris Payne, 71 (Spring Valley)

For others, issues close to home influenced their decisions.

  • "In this neighborhood, the most important issue is infrastructure. After what the floods did to this neighborhood, something needs to be done." — Ragsdale on his vote for Tylisa Suseberry for City Council, District 4.

More quotes from voters

3. Lineup: Local news worthy of your time

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🛤️ Orange County Transportation Authority could spend $200 million this year on emergency repairs to prevent landslides in San Clemente and keep rail traffic moving between San Diego and Los Angeles. (Union-Tribune)

🍷 Drew Deckman, the chef behind acclaimed restaurant Deckman's en el Mogor in Valle de Guadalupe, is aiming to open his North Park restaurant 31ThirtyOne in May. (Eater)

🚌 Imperial Beach officials last month sided with supporters of a new, rapid bus line that connects the waterfront city to the Otay Mesa border crossing, despite opposition from residents who campaigned to get rid of it just months after it opened. (KPBS)

4. Reader Recs: What should San Diego's scent be?

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

What does San Diego really smell like?

State of play: With New Mexico trying to make roasted chiles the official state aroma, several Axios cities asked readers what their official scent should be.

Zoom in: What would you pitch as San Diego's official aroma? Hit reply and share your ideas.

5. 1 great dish to go

The prawns are massive. Photo: Andrew Keatts/Axios

This local prawn dish — grilled over binchotan (Japanese white charcoal) and served with a tomato citrus jus and Aleppo pepper from tiny Golden Hill favorite Juan Jasper — was as good as it looks.

  • Yes, but: That special is long gone. Luckily, the 20-something-seat bistro turns out memorable specials daily.

Worthy of your time: While you're there, check out Sepulveda Meats and Provisions, the neighboring butcher shop run by the same owners, if you're in need of a great steak.

Our picks:

🍲 Andy is ready for a Deckman restaurant in his neighborhood.

😍 Kate is thankful Andy didn't gatekeep Juan Jaspers.

This newsletter was edited by Carly Mallenbaum and copy edited by James Gilzow.