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June 12, 2012 > Presidential Primary Election Results, June 5, 2012

Presidential Primary Election Results, June 5, 2012

(Sources: Alameda County Registrar of Voters and California Secretary of State)

U.S. Representative, 15th Congressional District (Vote for 1)

District
Contra Costa County
Alameda County
Fortney Pete Stark (D)
37,961
41.9%
3,400
33.3%
34,561
43.0%
Eric Swalwell (D)
32,895
36.3%
4,101
40.2%
28,794
35.9%
Christopher ''Chris'' J. Pareja (DTS)
19,650
21.7%
2,699
26.5%
16,951
21.1%

U.S. Representative, 17th Congressional District (Vote for 1)

District
Santa Clara County
Alameda County
Mike Honda (D)
53,032
66.4%
41,594
67.3%
11,438
63.6%
Evelyn Li (R)
22,174
27.8%
16,679
27.0%
5,495
30.5%
Charles Richardson (DTS)
4,622
5.8%
3,562
5.8%
1,060
5.9%

California State Assembly, District 20 (Vote for 1)
This District is entirely in Alameda County
Bill Quirk (D)
16,433
30.4%
Jennifer Ong (D)
13,898
25.7%
Mark Green (DTS)
11,017
20.4%
Luis Reynoso (R)
9,520
17.6%
Sarabjit Kaur Cheema (D)
3,149
5.8%

California State Assembly, District 25(Vote for 1)

District
Santa Clara County
Alameda County
Bob Wieckowski (D)
19,544
42.2%
10,738
34.2%
8,806
58.7%
Arlyne Diamond (R)
14,081
30.4%
9,859
31.4%
4,222
28.2%
Pete ''Primo'' McHugh (D)
12,731
27.5%
10,767
34.3%
1,964
13.1%

DEM - County Central Committee, 20th Assembly District (Vote for up to 7)
Richard Valle
15,399
12.66%
Ginny Demartini
15,163
12.47%
Ryan ''Rocky'' Fernandez
13,885
11.42%
Sybil R. Smith
13,290
10.93%
John R. Smith
12,159
10.00%
Vinnie Bacon
11,060
9.09%
Deneen Ogbeide
11,015
9.06%
Shobana Ramamurthi
8,748
7.19%
Rick Trullinger
7,212
5.93%
Saleacia Taylor
6,786
5.58%
James P. Farley Jr.
6,739
5.54%
Write-In
182
0.15%

DEM - County Central Committee, 25th Assembly District (Vote for up to 3)
Patricia 'Pat' Danielson
4,132
26.33%
Nancy Thomas
3,437
21.90%
Paul Sethy
2,128
13.56%
Jan Giovannini-Hill
1,628
10.37%
Sergio U. Santos
1,302
8.30%
Sharlene S. Mansfield
1,042
6.64%
Debra O. Pearson
993
6.33%
Dharminder Dewan
666
4.24%
Alex Hilke
333
2.12%
Write-In
33
0.21%

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Office 20 (Vote for 1)
Tara M. Flanagan
87,615
50.56%
Andrew R. Wiener
52,098
30.06%
Catherine Haley
32,285
18.63%
Write-In
1,308
0.75%

Alameda County Board of Education, Trustee, Area 4 (Vote for 1)
Aisha Knowles
12,895
52.02%
Geraldine Sonobe
11,698
47.19%
Write-In
196
0.79%

Alameda County Supervisor, District 1 (Vote for 1)
Scott Patrick Haggerty
29,513
97.52%
Write-In
750
2.48%

Alameda County Supervisor, District 4 (Vote for 1)
Nate Miley
30,842
71.62%
Tojo Thomas
11,937
27.72%
Write-In
286
0.66%

Alameda County Supervisor, District 5 (Vote for 1)
Keith Carson
37,269
97.98%
Write-In
767
2.02%

Hayward City Council (Vote for 4)
Barbara Halliday
8,091
18.51%
Greg Jones
7,098
16.24%
Al Mendall
7,035
16.09%
Francisco Zermeľo
6,782
15.51%
Olden Henson
6,267
14.34%
Peter Bufete
2,500
5.72%
Ralph Farias Jr
2,292
5.24%
Shahla Azimi
1,969
4.50%
Fahim A. Khan
1,602
3.66%
Write-In
80
0.18%

Hayward Unified School District Measure G (66.67 percent to pass)
Yes
11,992 votes
70.52%

No
5,014 votes
29.48%

New Haven Unified School District Measure H (66.67 percent to pass)
Yes
5,994 votes
62.51%

No
3,595 votes
37.49%

Proposition 28 Limits on Legislators' Terms in Office (majority approval required)
Yes
2,652,766 votes
61.20%

No
1,679,049 votes
38.80%

Proposition 29 Tax on Cigarettes for Cancer Research (majority approval required)
Yes
2,193,542 votes
49.60%

No
2,230,666 votes
50.40%

Re-districting, following Census 2010, may have favored some candidates. This is probably more noticeable in the race for the new State Assembly District 25 most of which is in Santa Clara County and part of which is in Alameda County. Milpitas Vice Mayor and former Santa Clara County Supervisor Pete McHugh narrowly beat Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) in Santa Clara County but secured the support of only 13 percent of the ballots cast in Alameda County, where he is less well-known, pushing him into third place, District-wide, behind Arlyne M. Diamond (R).

Less than a third of registered voters within Alameda County cast their votes in the Presidential Primary on June 5, 2012. Of the County's 752,331 registered voters, 157,275 (20.91 percent) were absentee voters while only 66,750 (8.87 percent) went to the polls. A total of 224,025 (29.78 percent) ballots were cast. Clearly, an overwhelming majority of those who voted, prefer to do so by mail; absentee ballots may be cast well in advance of Election Day, starting May 7 for the June 5, 2012 Presidential Primary Election.

Alameda County has approximately three-and-a-half times as many registered Democrats (423,266) as registered Republicans (114,373). In real terms, Republican turnout amounted to 37.40 percent compared to 32.95 percent by Democrats but this translates to 42,773 votes cast (29,564 votes-by-mail and 13,209 on Election Day) and 139,455 (96,795 absentee ballots and 42,660 at the polls), respectively. This might account substantially for the strong performance of Democrat candidates. Some Democrats fared badly; for some, a bad campaign and/or perceived weaknesses were the cause.

Some contests appear to have attracted more interest than others, such as for Alameda County Superior Court Judge, Office 20. A total of 171,998 people voted for one of the three contenders, Tara M. Flanagan, Andrew R. Wiener and Catherine Haley. Such attention is somewhat disquieting; there is a school of thought that judges, who are supposed to be apolitical and impartial, should not be elected.

Additionally, some offices allowed votes for multiple candidates, such as up to seven for the Democratic Party Alameda County Central Committee, 20th Assembly District, or up to four for Hayward City Council. Given this, voter turnout was low. There is no definitive reason for this - apathy, disillusionment with the political process or a lack of understanding about the importance of participation as voter. For most, Election Day is the only opportunity to change their elected representative and make a difference.

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