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As Dust Settles, Next Phase Begins in Local Races

Candidates in assembly, congressional contests now turn to November's general election.

Now that all votes have been counted, what's next for the candidates?

Ken Cooley and , the top two candidates left standing after Tuesday's primary contest for the new Assembly District 8 seat, will face each other in the November general election.

In the congressional race for District 7, incumbent Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) and Ami Bera finished 1-2 and will square off in a rematch of the 2010 general election.

There were few surprises Tuesday evening.  Both Cooley and Tateishi were endorsed by the Sacramento Bee and their respective party establishments before the primary.  Tateishi, Lungren's chief of staff, from fellow Republican Barbara Ortega before finishing a distant second to Cooley, a Democrat and Rancho Cordova city councilman.

A Republican candidate from Rosemont, Phillip Tufi, finished last.

In the congressional race, Lungren earned 52 percent of the vote to Bera's 40 percent.  The margin was about the same as the Republican incumbent's vote total when he beat Bera in the 2010 general election.

Tuesday's election was the first under new California voting rules that redrew the state's districts and set up an open primary.  The new system created districts with more parity between the two major parties, which helps moderates like Cooley and Tateishi.

According to maps from the Sacramento Bee, the new District 8 is split between 40 percent registered Democrats and 37 percent registered Republicans.  Eighteen percent are independent voters.

Cooley said the new system will help impact the next phase of the campaign.

"In politics in California, you have traditional alliances—Big Business goes one way, other groups go another way," he said.  "I’m not sure in this race if it will line up that way.  I think that will be interesting to watch."

Debra Brown June 07, 2012 at 11:53 PM
We have to get serious about supporting Bera. We need to get Lundgren out.
David Underwood June 08, 2012 at 12:23 AM
We have to let people know who Ami is, and why he should be our representative. We need public meetings so people an find out for themselves who Ami is. Lungren has the advantage of being in office in what has been a conservative district. He basically lays low and does not gt involved in controversy, so people do not know if he is bad or good for them. We know he wants to overturn medicare, privatize Social Security, and was on of Nixon's biggest supporters. Lungren has to shown as a tool of special interests. We need a list of Lungrens activities and votes. We need to know who is financing him.
Bill Board June 09, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Are you two delusional? I do suggest that you locate Dan Lungrens voting record and post it......can you even find it without the alphabet networks help? Finding his record is not what your candidate wants, because if he did....he would already have done it. Yes, vote for the Muslim Brotherhood (CAIR) supporter--help enact Sharia law in our court systems, Debra. I'm imagine you, as a woman, will like that. "CAIR" is destined to destroy the country by implanting candidates within our government, like a virus.......just like the Marxist did when they assassinated Kennedy and took over the Democrat party and then did it again when they attempted to assassinate Reagan and took over the Republican party......two faces=one beast. Wake up people…….turn off the television. This country is being infected by multiculturalism…….a disease that has weakened Europe (not yet dead, but dying in the streets). Open your eyes.
Bill Board June 09, 2012 at 05:05 AM
The new owners of La Popular Market summed it up best, recently. He lives in Elk Grove and said his community is not united: that there was a sense of unity in Rosemont (which was a good thing to him and he applaud it). The reason for this is obvious if you have ever been to Elk Grove City Hall = Diversity. It divides. It does NOT unite. This is the United States of America, not the Diverse States of America. Immigrants came here to unite and become ONE, not to segregate themselves into eventual ghetto communities with fantasy ideals. No! They came to become one: AMERICANS, and to raise their children in a free country, one with limited government = this is Lungren. “CAIR” and their puppet, Ami Bera seeks to divide through diversity propaganda. Get informed. Get involved.

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