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Voting gets underway in 2010 California primary

June 8, 2010 |  8:17 am

Vote02 Voters went to the polls Tuesday morning to select nominees for governor and U.S. senator for a state that has been battered by a budget crisis and sinking economy.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, although many Californians already have cast ballots using the state's extensive vote-by-mail program. Voting by mail could easily make up more than half the overall tally in the primary, some elections officials said.

The campaign ended as it began, a curiously lopsided one. In the top-of-the-ticket races for governor and U.S. senator, Democratic candidates were largely on the sidelines as Republicans took one another on ferociously. Former governor and current Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown had only token opposition in his quest to return to the top office in Sacramento. Sen. Barbara Boxer, seeking her fourth term in Washington, had only nominal opposition as well.

Democrats were engaged in fierce party battles in races for the lower offices, including lieutenant governor and attorney general. And clashing primaries were the rule among Republicans, including a divisive contest for attorney general.

Read more about the last day of the campaign.

-- Shelby Grad

Photos: Poll inspector Jacquelyn Walker hangs signs directing voters to a polling place in the back room of a Norm's restaurant in Bellflower, where voters start to arrive to cast their ballots in the 2010 primary election. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Full Times Election Day Coverage:

VOTER GUIDE: Breakdowns of the candidates, polling information, resources, links and biographies

ENDORSEMENTS: From The Times' editorial page.

BREAKING POLITICAL NEWS: From PolitiCal, The Times' state politics blog.

Steve Lopez talks about the race coming to an end.