UPDATE: Primary votes tallied
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A voters cats her ballot at the polling place on Monterey Court in southern Tracy on Tuesday, June 5.  Poll workers had seen only about 50 voters into the late afternoon, and voter turnout was expected to be low throughout the state.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Bob Elliott was the top candidate in the San Joaquin 5th District Supervisors race, while Democrat Cathleen Galgiani moves into the November election against Republican Bill Berryhill as the No. 1 5th State Senate District candidate following the primary election Tuesday, June 5, according to unofficial results.

Tracy and San Joaquin County voters also helped choose the top two candidates in two congressional districts and a state Assembly district on Tuesday. Below are the unofficial results released Wednesday, June 6, by the San Joaquin County Registrar’s Office and the California Secretary of State’s office.

The top two candidates in each race have a runoff in the Nov. 6 election.



San Joaquin County Supervisors 5th District

In the race for the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors 5th District, Tracy City Councilman Bob Elliott was the top candidate with 5,152 votes (45.5 percent) over Tracy Planning Commissioner Rhodesia Ransom and farmer Tom Benigno, who recorded 3,786 votes (33.4 percent) and 2,321 votes (20.7 percent).

Elliott and Ransom now face off in the Nov. 6 election. Supervisor candidates do not run with a party affiliation.



State Senate 5th District

Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani (D) topped Republican Assemblyman Bill Berryhill in the State Senate 5th District race, which includes parts of Stanislaus and Sacramento counties. Galgiani received 38,547 votes (41.3 percent) to Berryhill’s 33,504 (35.9 percent). Tracy resident and San Joaquin County Supervisor Leroy Ornellas (R) finished last, with 21,190 votes (22.7 percent).

Among San Joaquin County voters, Galgiani received 28,211 votes (41.3 percent) to Berryhill’s 21,653 (31.7 percent). Ornellas finished last with 18,197 votes (26.6 percent).



State Assembly 13th District

Democrat and Stockton City Councilwoman Susan Eggman was the No. 1 candidate in the race for the 13th Assembly District, with 15,485 votes (39.6 percent). K. “Jeffrey” Jafri (R) was second, with 8,401 votes (21.4 percent). They now advance to the November election.

Republican Dolores M. Cooper finished with 5,831 votes (14.9 percent), Democrat C. Jennett Stebbins with 5,109 votes (13.2 percent) and Democrat Xochitl Paderes with 4,179 votes (10.6 percent).

Paderes withdrew from the race before Election Day, though her name remained on the ballot.



U.S. Congress 10th District

Republican Congressman Jeff Denham was first in the 10th Congressional District race with 31,726 votes (48.3 percent). Democrat Jose Hernandez finished second in the district, which includes all of Tracy south of Interstate 205, with 18,886 votes (28.7 percent) and will face Denham in November.

Democrat Michael Barkley tallied 3,708 votes (5.6 percent), Chad Condit (independent) with 9,871 votes (15 percent) and Troy McComak (independent) with 1,543 votes (2.3 percent).

In San Joaquin County, Denham was first with 9,524 votes (49.6 percent). Hernandez finished second with 5,795 votes (35 percent) while Barkley received 1,373 votes (7.1 percent), Condit (independent) had 1,046 (5.4 percent) and McComak (independent) finished with 580 (3 percent).



U.S. Congress 9th District

Democratic Congressman Jerry McNerney will face Republican Ricky Gill in the November election for the 9th Congressional District seat, which covers Mountain House and portions of Tracy north of Interstate 205.

McNerney received 35,088 votes (48.9 percent), while Gill was second with 28,652 (39.5 percent). John McDonald, a Republican from Mountain House, finished last with 8,792 (12.1 percent).

Among San Joaquin County voters, McNerney had 23,038 votes (46.6) to Gill’s 21,321 (43.2 percent). McDonald received 4,895 votes (9.9 percent).



Propositions

State voters approved Proposition 28, which changes term limits for state legislators, with 2,319,918 votes (63.6 percent) cast in favor to 1,456,749 votes (36.4 percent) against it.

Voters in San Joaquin County cast 42,505 yes votes (61.7 percent) to 26,361 no votes (36.3 percent).

Its passage means newly elected lawmakers may serve a maximum of 12 years in the Legislature, in the Senate or Assembly, or split between the two. The previous limit was eight years in the Senate and six years in the Assembly.

Proposition 29 — a $1 tax-per-packet on cigarettes for cancer research — was narrowly defeated by state voters, 1,958,047 votes (50.8 percent) to 1,894,871 (49.2 percent).

In San Joaquin County, 30,212 votes (43.5 percent) were in favor and 39,239 votes (56.5 percent) were against.

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ebjs
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June 09, 2012
Gill is going to give Mcnerney a run for his money. Finally a local candidate that can actually represent this area. I know him personally and he's a great person, I can't wait for him to crush mcnerney and return representation to the 9th district.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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June 12, 2012
I think he is a nice guy, but after reading his email campaign (that I have received in the email) I felt it was mired in deplorable-ness, to say the least.

Can you say: "age discrimination"?

Those emails led me to ponder and reflect on what has transpired over the incumbent's last few terms...

In concluding my ponderings. I think there are two questions that will hurt McNerney's campaign and they are as follows:

1. What has he done? Did he get any bills passed?

2. What is his voting record? Was it his own?

I'm still pondering....
RedHotChilliPeppers
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June 09, 2012
Voters will kill a peripheral canal

Bill Jennings

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/06/ED3N1OTR0S.DTL#ixzz1xJKaRcqS
RedHotChilliPeppers
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June 09, 2012
Property owners will always sell water the peripheral canal has nada to do with it.

"We share The Chronicle's view that a peripheral canal is a bad idea, but we disagree that its construction is inevitable.

Gov. Jerry Brown and federal officials might be attempting to persuade the public that the canal is nearly a fait accompli, but water ratepayers and voters will reject it, just as voters did 30 years ago.

. . . . . . .

-- There are cheaper ways to protect water supply. While one of the justifications for the canal is the threat of an interrupted water supply in the case of an earthquake or levee breach, studies have shown that 80 percent of the cost and all of the loss of life would occur within the delta. Raising and strengthening levees to withstand a quake can be accomplished for $2 billion to $4 billion.

-- Diverting Sacramento River water around the delta will make pollution worse. Increased pollution will further degrade fisheries and diminish the productivity of hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland.

There is water for both people and fish if it is efficiently and equitably used. But the estuary cannot survive the waste of subsidized water to grow subsidized...
TomBenigno
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June 09, 2012
Inspector_ Clueso:

If I have it right, your saying everyone who lost their homes and jobs are not a majority who would support the canal. Also who are the majority you write about that don't want the canal? A few rich property owners who are selling our water to other areas for as much as $600.00 per acre,lets tell the truth about why people don't want the peripheral canal!!!

Besides it looks like both our 5th district supervisor candidates are liberal and don't want the canal, as does Ms. Eggman who by the way, is on the SAVE THE DELTA BOARD. What's wrong with the picture?
blues_clueso
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June 09, 2012
It is not about rich getting richer and poor getting poorer. It is not about the liberals or the republicans. It is not even about the bank or oil industry causing us to spend $1.50 for every $1.00 in taxes, or whatever.

It is about water. And the facts will show that not every farmer makes money selling water.

And if you want to make it about jobs then there are better ways. Write your Governor and tell him to dig his own ditch.
backinblack
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June 08, 2012
"I will never why Republicans spew so much hatred when someone disagrees with them."

Big brother is watching. Sounds negative and provides no value.
backinblack
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June 08, 2012
"if th children can't play tagether in it all of th time with some modicum of thoughtful respect fer th others then they shouldn't be allowed ta play in that sandbox.

Big brother is watching. Does bringing someones family into the conversation qualify as a reason to ban someone from the sandbox? If so, think ciscokid52. Please hand in your resignation.
TomBenigno
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June 08, 2012
Inspector- Clueso:

Sir: I ran on the same issues that both Elliot and Ransom ran on, but I supported the peripheral canal because we need jobs for the people.

The Elliott campaign states that he supports safety, economic developement, and responsible government.

How can he say that when his career as a city council person is flawed with flip flopping on the other side of those issues that he pledged to support?

Also he pledged to complete his term as a council member.

Big money has helped Elliott to get as far as he has. If Elliotts campaign states that he supports water and farming, where will the water come from?

At least Ms. Ransom does not support the peripheral canal because she is a liberal. What's Bob's excuse?
blues_clueso
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June 08, 2012
Why should he need an excuse? I do not know. Ask him.

But I do know the peripheral canal will not work.

Maybe you think he needs an excuse because you disagree on one issue that the majority of voters probably do not want?

Why take an unpopular position on a water canal? If the majority do not want a canal does that mean something?

If you were elected would you force a canal on the populace even if they obvoiusly do not want to pay for it?

TomBenigno
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June 07, 2012
Inspector _Clueso:

I think you have the topics mixed up, I was not refering to my military background. Also, are the farmers the only people that vote?
blues_clueso
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June 08, 2012
The voters will have several topics on their minds in November. One HUGE topic for our county's future will be water/farming. You ran for office and did not know that?
TomBenigno
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June 07, 2012
Readers:

First of all I would like to thank all my 2351 supporters who voted for me. It seems that I have a positive base that supports me, and that's great. As it was, I was still able to slow up my opponets numbers and keep him from winning it all.

Those who have heard me speak know what I am talking about,and are worried as I, regarding our economy and where it's going. We don't need to have military minded government at this point in our economy, if you get the drift. May the best candidate win!!
blues_clueso
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June 07, 2012
Tom,

The farmers know who they will choose for the next Supervisor. Don't worry too much about your military career getting in the way of politics it probably had nothing to do with it.
debbdaves
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June 06, 2012
I thought Gill lost?
StephanieCollins
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June 06, 2012
Glad that Ricky Gill is doing well
KathyCleek
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June 06, 2012
Looks like Ricky is in great shape for November! Hope to see him in office!
whoareyoukidding
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June 06, 2012
The saddest number is 2,351. That is the number of people who voted for Tom Benigno. Anyone who has ever heard him speak would never vote for him.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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June 06, 2012
Actually Tom an I have had a feud goin on fer well over ten years now. Honestly I wouldn't vote fer him but I will say that I do feel his intentions are good. Some are cut out fer politics an some ain't an that's a fact. Tom is just one that thinks he's cut out fer it but ain't. Actually, at times, he does have some pretty good ideas an when he does I usually mention it. But when someone don't agree with his position he, like many, switches inta an attack dog mentality that ends up hurtin him more than it does others.

Like I said, I don't thank he is really a bad guy but I do have ta honestly say that I wouldn't want him representin me if fer no other reason that he is not apparently able to see things from a different perspective other than his own.

In my opinion we have enough, my way or th highway, mentality in government taday an that is really one of th bigger problems our society has taday. It's a big sandbox out thair an if th children can't play tagether in it all of th time with some modicum of thoughtful respect fer th others then they shouldn't be allowed ta play in that sandbox.

An as with any sandbox open ta th general public, ya always gotta be mindful that thair are many little, shall we say land minds, that th stray cats have left behind as they used it as a substitute fer kitty litter.

If ya really thank about our politics taday th analogy really fits.

Don't worry much about ole Tom, if I can say anything good about him he's a plugger an he'll keep on trying. But honestly I don't thank that he will ever get very far in th political circle.

Perhaps he needs ta be more of a servant ta th public rather than his own personal self interests. Just a thought an a small light of encouragement fer him. Like I said, I don't think he's really a bad man, just a little misguided is all.
PhilMcCracken
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June 06, 2012
I will never understand the stupidity of California voters to continue to elect (or re-elect) the same Democrats that have so completely destroyed this state and made it the laughing stock of this nation! To support Galgiani and McNerney, simply illustrates your moronic ignorance!
vestokes
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June 06, 2012
I will never why Republicans spew so much hatred when someone disagrees with them. I guess that's why no one wants to be affiliated with any party.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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June 06, 2012
vestokes

Probably it's because thair respondin in kind with th same sort of disdain they have experienced at th hands of other people who feel th same way about them.

Ya do have a point about not wantin ta be affiliated with any party which may hold th key ta fixin th governmental mess we are in at present.

But ya gotta admit, Phil does have a point as well given that Democrats outnumber Republicans by almost two ta one.

One would thank that if they were really all that smart they could completely eliminate th Republican party influence all tagether.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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June 06, 2012
Oh, by th way. Phil didn't denigrate th Democrats, he denigrated th California voters who keep re-electin em an expectin thaings ta magically get better. Actually that is sort of th definition of stupid. Ignorance ain't all that bad. It's doin th same thang over an over again an expectin different results that's stupid.

Small point but valid.
jimf01
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June 05, 2012
Great update! Kudos to TP for providing the breaking news updates.


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