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Imus, Cook in House race; counting in other squeakers goes on

June 22, 2012 |  4:46 pm

This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

Officials have finished counting  ballots in a close inland congressional district race that will pit two Republicans against one another in the Nov. 6 general election.

With election results certified Friday by San Bernardino County, the candidates will be Assemblyman Paul Cook of Yucaipa and home builder and anti-illegal immigration activist Gregg Imus of Lake Arrowhead.

Two other counties that reach into the sprawling 8th Congressional District finished counting their smaller chunks of the ballots earlier.

Thirteen candidates, including two Democrats and one independent, were on the June 5 primary in the solidly Republican district, making this the largest field of any of the House of Representative races this year in California.

Under the state’s new elections system, only the top two vote-getters in the primary, regardless of any party affiliation, advance to the general election.

In some other close races, Los Angeles County elections officials continued to tally votes Friday in three squeakers.  While the contests remained close, the finishing order of the candidates has not changed with recent updates.

Assemblywoman Betsy Butler of Marina del Rey and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, both Democrats, continued to hold first and second place, respectively, in the 50th Assembly District race.

[For the record, 8:11 a.m., June 23: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the Butler-Bloom race was in the 66th Assembly District.]

Ian Calderon, son of Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-Whittier), was keeping his lead over fellow Democrat and former Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez for the second slot in the general election for the 57th Assembly District; the winner will face Republican Noel A. Jaimes in the strongly Democratic district.

And in the heavily Democratic 46th Assembly District in the San Fernando Valley, charter schools executive Brian C. Johnson, a Democrat, was trailing Republican Jay L. Stern for second place by just 35 votes, according to Friday’s update. Democrat Adrin Nazarian handily captured first place on the ballot. The five Democrats on the ballot split their party’s vote, allowing Stern, the only Republican, to slide into second place.

County officials hope to finish counting all the remaining ballots by Monday afternoon.


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Photo: A California polling place on June 5. Credit: Associated Press