By Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Victor Valley)- – Voters across the High Desert went to the polls yesterday to make their choices in several hotly contested races, including the newly drawn 8th Congressional District, County Supervisor First District, as well as two propositions, California state senator, state assembly and, of course, presidential candidate.
Polls closed at 8:00pm and the first results were reported at 8:15 by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. Updates were then given every two hours.
As of the 12:00am update the race for 8th Congressional District showed Paul Cook in the lead with 16.66% of the vote, followed by:
Phil Liberatore 14.65 %
Jackie Conaway 14.39%
Gregg Imus 13.14%
Brad Mitzlefelt 11.82%
(215 of 836 precincts reporting)
The race for the 1st District supervisor seat left vacant by Mitzlefelt’s run for the 8th district had Robert Lovingood leading with 21.76% of the vote by the 12:00am update. Rick Roelle was close behind with 19.19%.
Bret L. Henry 15.03%
Bob Smith at 14.63%
Russ Blewett 14.30%
Michael Orme 7.16%
(101 of 346 precincts reporting)
San Bernardino County 3rd District includes Lucerne Valley and Barstow, along with the northeastern portion of the county. James Ramos was leading that race with 47.96% of the vote. Neil Derry had 32.73% and Jim Bagley had 19.30%.
State Senator District 21 – includes Adelanto, Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia, and a northern portion of Los Angeles County.
Steve Knight 68.47%
Star Moffatt 31.53%
Assembly District 33 – encompasses most of San Bernardino County including the High Desert.
Tim Donnelly 50.72%
John Coffey 30.31%,
William Jahn 18.98%
This primary was the first since the new top-two primary system was put into effect. If any one candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote, they will win the seat they are attempting to fill. Without that majority, the top two vote-getters will square off on the November ballot.
With 2012 being a presidential election year, voter turnout is usually at higher levels than “off” years. However, the democratic presidential candidate is the sitting president and the republican candidate has pretty much been decided as Mitt Romney won California and completed a sweep of five states, so voter turnout was pretty low.
The measure to alter the California term-limits law, Prop. 28, that was winning by a wide margin, reported 58.42% YES to 41.58% NO.
Prop. 29, the tax on cigarettes for cancer research, was very close. The midnight update reported 38.46% YES to 61.54% NO.
Full election results can be found on the County Registrar of Voters website at: http://www.sbcounty.gov/rov/current_elections/060512/ElectionResults/defaultdnn.htm