Mike Kline has been knocked out of the District 5 County Supervisor’s race following Tuesday’s primary election and cast a Channce Condit versus Tom Hallinan runoff contest in November.
Neither Condit nor Hallinan collected at least 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a runoff.
In the latest vote tally from the Stanislaus County Elections Office, Condit collected 2,874 votes, or 41.45 percent, and Hallinan amassed 2,151 votes, or 31.08 percent. Kline came in third place and was shut out of the Nov. 6 runoff with 1,908 votes, or 27.52 percent.
Condit, 30, was elected to the Ceres City Council in November 2018 and is not midway through his four-year term. He is employed with Opportunity Stanislaus.
Hallinan, 58, is the Ceres City Attorney, employed with the law firm of law firm of Churchill White LLP. He previously served on the Yosemite Community College District board of trustees for 20 years.
The focus of the two candidates from now until fall now will be courting the 1,908 who voted for Kline.
District 2 Supervisor Vito Chiesa, a Hughson farmer, was unopposed and cruised to re-election with 9605 votes. A total of 2,192 District 2 voters did not cast ballots, presumably because he had no opponent.
Unofficial results from Tuesday’s Presidential Primary Election indicate that Democratic incumbent Josh Harder and Republican challenger Ted Howze will face off in the November general election, once again pitting two Turlock candidates against each other.
It was the second primary election for both Harder and Howze, after the freshman incumbent came in second behind then-Congressman Jeff Denham — who also lived in Turlock at the time — in June 2018 with Howze following closely behind.
As of Wednesday morning, with all the precincts had reporting results, Harder led the way with 39.8 percent of the vote, or 29,683 votes, while Howze collected 27,987 votes, or 37.5 percent of the vote.
Howze is encouraged by his prospects in November, since he will likely pick up the 10,691 voters who cast ballots for Stockton Republican Bob Elliott and 2,550 votes who liked Marla Sousa Livengood. Both Republicans are now out of the race.
“It’s really encouraging,” Howze said from his election night party at Ten Pin Fun Center in Turlock. “It shows us that we’ve had a big turnout of our supporters which is what we worked for. We knocked on over 65,000 doors, made over 50,000 phone calls and we’ve worked hard for the past two weeks to turn our voters out and get them to actually turn their ballots in, and it looks like tonight we did a pretty good job at doing that.”
Harder hosted an election night party in Modesto, where he was coy to comment on early results. In 2018, a close contest during the primary saw Harder and Howze wait it out for days before it was decided who would move on to face Denham in the general election.
“We’ll see,” Harder said. “I think in California we had about half the votes counted in 2018 on election night in this district. I think there’s a lot more left to come, so we’ll see. No matter who our opponent ends up being, I think it’s going to be all about the energy and the dynamism of the grassroots folks that you’ve seen tonight.”
Democrat Mike Barkley captured 3.1 percent of the vote (2,293 votes) while fellow Democrat Ryan Blevins grabbed 1,523 votes (2 percent) in his first-ever election.
In Stanislaus County, Harder led with 22,169 votes (40.58 percent) compared to Harder’s 21,963 votes (40.2 percent). Both ran for Congress for the first time in 2018 and shared the differences between their campaigns then and now.
“Now I’ve had the opportunity to run on my record,” said Harder, suggesting he is the most bipartisan member of Congress and the critical passage of legislation to provide funding for water storage. “I think that’s the record we’re going to take all the way to November.”
Howze said he feels more experienced this time around, and that going from third place in the 2018 primary to the strong start in the primary is “surreal.”
“The first time we worked really hard, but we didn’t know all the ins and outs of a first-time congressional candidate,” he said. “This time we hired a professional staff, we’ve had good management and we’ve coupled all that great work ethic with some guidance so I think that’s worked out.”
As of the preliminary results, Democrats had received 44.9 percent of District 10 votes, while Republicans grabbed just over 55.1 percent. Tuesday night’s early results will fluctuate as more ballots are counted.
As Howze and Harder advance to November, they plan to campaign on issues important to the Valley. Harder hopes to continue his focus on healthcare, job creation and water, he said.
“I think people are united on the issues that really matter most,” Harder said. “I think we’ve delivered as much as we can on those issues in the first year in office, and we have to continue that record over the next nine months and I think that’s what it’s going to come down to.”
Some of the most important issues facing the area that Howze plans to emphasize in his campaign include securing the nation’s borders, the rising cost of living and healthcare as well. The Republican has earned the endorsement of 10 of the district’s 13 elected mayors and hopes it can propel him into the House.
“That tells you that the people who have the most direct influence over local residents’ daily quality of life say they want to work with Ted Howze, so we’re going to continue to push that as a positive message,” Howze said. “I’m really proud that we’ve run a positive campaign and we’re going to try and stick to that.”
To stay up to date on election results, visit www.stanvote.com.
California voters have apparently shot down Proposition 13 and its bonds to fund school facilities. The latest vote shows Prop 13 was defeated in a 55.9 percent to 44.1 percent outcome.
(Jeff Benziger and Angelina Martin contributed to this story).